Subject: firehawks
From: John Leonard <>
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2000 12:43:17 +1000
A friend is reading 'I, the Aboriginal' by David Lockwood (1962) (hope I've got the details right), and in it there is a passage which describes 'firehawks' (presumably Black Kites) picking up burning or smoldering sticks, flying some distance and then dropping them into unburnt grass to start another fire and scare rodents out. The area is the country around Roper River.

Has this behaviour ever been documented, or is it just a 'tall story'?

John Leonard

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