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Birdchick Blog: Holy Crap!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Holy Crap!

This video is not for everyone, it's a pelican getting a pigeon. If you would like to keep the idea that birds are harmoniously living together in the wild, do not press play. If you are like me and can't help wonder how the mechanics of a pelican eating a pigeon works, then press play.

Pelican Eats Pigeon - video powered by Metacafe

Man, I always thought a sharp-shinned hawk was a bad way to go since they are slow to kill you, but I have seen the inside of a pelican's mouth and it ain't pretty.



Blogger Susan Gets Native said...

Holy sh*t!
At least some birds, like kingfishers, beat their prey senseless on a rock first!
Being digested while still alive. And I thought I had problems.

On a sort of related note: Thanks for such a rockin' blog. We get birds, birds, birds, but also glimpses into your life (like blood in your hallway from a sword fight), the magnificent disapproval of Cinnamon, views from your poor-dope non-birding hubby, cutting no slack for trolls and so much else.
Hugs from a fan.

10/12/2006 9:15 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Wow. I've long wondered about that -- what it's like to swallow live prey and what it's like to be swallowed while alive. I had no idea that a pelican would snork a pigeon!

10/12/2006 9:29 PM  
Blogger BunnyLuver said...

That's really sick. I never really thought about birds eating other birds. Esp since they have eyes on the sides of their heads, so you would assume that meant they were herbivores.
But then again they eat worms.
I guess I don't know anything.

10/12/2006 9:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

s h i v e r...

10/13/2006 9:06 AM  
Blogger Patrick Belardo said...

This is awesome in a strange way. Maybe I'm a little mentally twisted.

10/13/2006 11:36 AM  
Blogger birdchick said...

Patrick, I know exactly what you mean. You read the title, "pelican eating pigeon" and you know you shouldn't watch, but you can't help it.

What is interesting to me is that you see other pigeons meandering about the pelicans, seemingly oblivious to what's going on. The pigeons in my neighborhood get the heck out of Dodge when the Cooper's hawk shows up.

10/13/2006 1:00 PM  
Blogger Fiona Bun said...

Dang... I'm glad I live inside.

10/13/2006 3:50 PM  
Anonymous Cuifen said...

I agree with birdchick on how the "other pigeons meandering about the pelicans, seemingly oblivious to what's going on".

Great blog. =)

10/14/2006 9:07 AM  

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