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Re: Bird found using a lure to catch fish.

Yup, actually, I saw that and posted what kind of bird is this on a local bird list.

I got a dozen replies that it's a green heron, and several people mentioned that green herons are known to use bait to catch fish. They are one of the tool using birds.

Dora Smith
Austin, TX

----- Original Message ----- From: "Jura" <pristichampsus@yahoo.com>
To: <dinosaur@usc.edu>; <vrtpaleo@usc.edu>
Sent: Monday, February 16, 2009 7:15 PM
Subject: Bird found using a lure to catch fish.

Excessive use of bread to "feed the ducks" may be choking our local ponds, but one animal seems to have found a way to get some extra use out of it.


Anyone know if such a behaviour has ever been documented before?