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'Christmas Island Imperial Pigeon




On numerous occasions, I noticed a Goshawk shadowing me in the forest as I searched for insects under fallen branches and logs. This particular individual was not shy at all - in fact, at some point I had clear views of it for as long as 20 minutes. I finally understood its peculiar behaviour when one day, I saw it swoop down to grab a thrush that flew out when I was traipsing through the vegetation during my insect hunt. It was using me as a proxy to flush potential prey.

R. Zhao, 'Field notes on the foraging ecology of the Christmas Island Goshawk (Accipiter fasciatus natalis)', Institute of Critical Zoologists, Journal No. 174, 2015






Christmas Island Thrush


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