Title
First report of fishing in the European Blackbird **Turdus merula** First report of fishing in the European Blackbird **Turdus merula**
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Sciences. Biology
Faculty of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences . Biomedical Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Warszawa ,
Subject
Biology
Source (journal)
Acta ornithologica / Polska Akademia Nauk. Instytut Zoologiczny. - Warszawa
Volume/pages
43(2008) :2 , p. 231-234
ISSN
0001-6454
ISI
000262817800015
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E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
During two hours of observation, a female Blackbird made approximately 30 attempts to catch fish, 20 of which were successful. The bird watched and followed a minnow shoal in shallow parts of the river, hopping from stone to stone in a way that resembled its normal behaviour when catching earthworms. The bird only caught small individuals (57 cm). Larger individuals were present in the river but were not seen within the shoal and were not attacked.
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