Monday, November 26, 2007

Maned Wolves Aid Falcons

Came across a couple good photo articles on maned wolves today. The one in AZA's "Connect" reports that one of the most interesting behaviors noted in a study of the wolves in Serra da Canastra National Park, Brazil, is "the collaborative hunting between the wolves and the apl[o]mado falcon."

"We believe that wolves and falcon help each other searching for prey that may be difficult to find in the grassland." (Nucharin Songsasen, Smithsonian National Zoological Park, and Rogerio Cunha de Paula, Instituto Pro-Carnivoros)

I found a journal article dedicated to the topic which appears to note that the hunting wolves flush prey for the falcons. The strategy is tough on tinamous which escape the wolves only to be preyed upon by the falcons.

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