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Three types of Australian birds deliberately spread wildfires.

Three types of Australian birds deliberately spread wildfires.

Birds who arm themselves with fire – classic Australia. As it turns out, there are three "fire-foraging raptors" who demonstrate this diabolical arsonist behaviour, being the black kite, the whistling kite and the brown falcon.

The black kite (pictured, an animal at Madagascar's Tsimbazaza Zoo) is one of the birds thought to spread fire in Australia.

The Whistling Kite, the Black Kite and the Brown Falcon are all known to use fire as a way to flush out prey from fields in Australia.

The birds' behaviour has led to the nicknames 'arson raptors' or 'firehawks' as they are seen spreading fires by picking up flaming sticks and dropping them into dry fields to scare out smaller animals.

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