Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 23, 2018

Australia’s Firehawks

National Geographic  has a story entitled Why These Birds Carry Flames In Their Beaks”

Australia’s indigenous peoples have long observed “firehawks” spreading wildfires throughout the country’s tropical savannas.

Australia is no stranger to fire: The hardy landscape is adapted to blazes, enduring many thanks to humans and lightning. But Australia’s Aboriginal peoples have long identified a third cause: birds.

In interviews, observations, and ceremonies dating back more than a century, the indigenous peoples of Australia’s Northern Territory maintain that a collective group of birds they call “firehawks” can control fire by carrying burning sticks to new locations in their beaks or talons.

 Read full story at “Why These Birds Carry Flames In Their Beaks”

 


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