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Bird-Mimics Steal Meerkats' Food


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Anna
- 3031 days ago - news.bbc.co.uk
Drongos in the Kalahari mimic the alarm calls of other species in order to steal food, scientists have found.



   

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Shirley S (187)
Tuesday November 2, 2010, 11:49 pm
We have DRONGOS visit in our yard & make quick swoops in & out of the pool water.I have never heard them mimic any creature.
 

Sharon Balloch (127)
Wednesday November 3, 2010, 3:36 am
wonder if that is who is calling when my sandwich disappears off the deck when the phone rings... just kidding its probably the dog..
 

Rajee Seetharam (138)
Wednesday November 3, 2010, 4:14 am
How clever!! Noted and thanks.
 

Carol H (229)
Wednesday November 3, 2010, 4:56 am
thanks Anna, noted
 

Eva Ries (237)
Wednesday November 3, 2010, 8:45 am

Drongos are so prolific out in eastern South Africa, and they remind me of the Grackle here in the USA. Grackles are cunning, smart, and very vigilent. It doesn't surprise me they are using "false pretenses" to trick other creatures out of a meal - birds are natural problem-solvers. I'll have to listen closely to next time to see if the drongos around our place start mimicking the Go-Away's, that would be seriously funny!
 

Watchtower Maya (3)
Wednesday November 3, 2010, 9:20 pm
Interesting. Thanks. I shared on Facebook.
 
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