Friday Fun: Bird Using Bait to Fish

Posted on May 15, 2009  Comments (8)

In the webcast an Aukuu bird (Black-crowned Night Heron) fishes using bread as bait. They normally hunt by waiting at the side of a lake and fishing. This individual learned how to bait the fish with bread and improve the fishing results. It also passed on that method to other birds that learned how to use the bait method themselves.

Another bird using bait (with turtles trying to get the bait) and another bird using bait (with a stork trying to steal the fish). And another one. The videos seem to be different species of birds to me.

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8 Responses to “Friday Fun: Bird Using Bait to Fish”

  1. Anonymous
    May 15th, 2009 @ 12:10 pm

    I saw something similar where birds were actually throwing nuts in the road and letting cars ran over them to crack them, and they then would pick up the pieces after watching the street light turned red. Genius!

  2. Anonymous
    May 20th, 2009 @ 2:55 pm

    The only thing I’ve seen that was close is seagulls dropping clams onto a road frmo high altitudes to break them open.

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