Fearless black drongo takes on an Indian eagle owl by hitching a ride on its back


A FEARLESS black drongo takes on an Indian eagle owl — by hitching a ride on its back.

Mayur Shinde, 41, caught the moment the drongo landed in Jaisalmer, India.

 An Indian eagle owl is landed on by a black drongo mid-flight

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An Indian eagle owl is landed on by a black drongo mid-flightCredit: Caters News Agency

She said: “Drongos are known to be pugnacious and fight off other birds from their territories.

“The Indian eagle owl is at least three times bigger and still the drongo continues to act like its intended behaviour”.

The snapper, from Jabalpur, captured the photos earlier this year. India has been in lockdown since March 25.

BBC Earth viewers will remember being introduced to the drongo bird as the ‘Kalahari’s greatest trickster’.

 The small black bird on approach to the eagle owl's back

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The small black bird on approach to the eagle owl’s backCredit: Caters News Agency

Sir David Attenborough narrated a scene from the animal kingdom’s daily struggle for survival on the documentary channel’s 2017 series.

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A drongo picks his victims, a gang of meerkats digging their breakfast – worms – out of the ground. It gains their trust by alerting them to an eagle on the hunt. So when the small bird sounds a false alarm a few minutes later, the meerkats fall for it.

With the mammals sent scurrying, the coast is clear for the drongo to steal their meal. It’s the tricky bird that gets the worm in the desert.

Drongo bird tricks meerkats out of their own breakfast in the Kalahari on BBC Earth





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