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1 June 2008 First Report of Fishing in the European Blackbird Turdus merula
Adam Raes, Louis Lefebvre, Kurt Jordaens
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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 (5–7 cm). Larger individuals were present in the river but were not seen within the shoal and were not attacked.

Adam Raes, Louis Lefebvre, and Kurt Jordaens "First Report of Fishing in the European Blackbird Turdus merula," Acta Ornithologica 43(2), 231-234, (1 June 2008).
Received: 1 May 2008; Accepted: 1 September 2008; Published: 1 June 2008
European Blackbird
innovative feeding
Turdus merula
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