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For the first time in the world: a rare record of cannibalism in falcons in Israel Israel today

2022-01-24T17:03:29.842Z

Inspector of the Nature and Parks Authority Ezra Hadad walked in the Beit Guvrin Nature Reserve, witnessed the extraordinary case and photographed what was happening.



A rare documentation of cannibalism in falcons was photographed for the first time in Israel and as far as is known in the world last night (Sunday) in the Beit Guvrin area.

The person who noticed the rare incident and documented the incident was the inspector of the Nature and Parks Authority, Ezra Hadad, who said excitedly: Because the older male really kills the younger male. "

"They were in a place that was hard to document. When I approached I saw that the adult falcon's legs were attached to the young male falcon, and then I started documenting when the adult male falcon ate the young male falcon. He really did not give up. Haddad continued.

"I videotaped short videos and stills, this is the first time I have seen such a phenomenon in falcons in all my years."

The adult falcon eats the young // Photo: Ezra Hadad,

According to Haddad, cannibalism in birds is better known in the hawk family which is the largest family in birds of prey.

"To the best of my knowledge no such thing has been documented in falcons. We are familiar with the phenomenon of cannibalism in humans, bird spiders but in falcons this is a very cruel first case that ended in documented death.

The adult falcon subdues the young falcon // Photo: Ezra Hadad,

The case reinforces the claim that cannibals in the wild are more common than previously thought.

The subject that was once taboo is actually completely natural in the animal kingdom, and changes what we know about evolution.

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Source: israelhayom

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