Bait-fishing by the Striated Heron (<em>Butorides striatus</em>) in Trinidad

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Floyd E. Hayes
Courtenay Rooks

Abstract: Bait-fishing, a form of tool use rarely reported in birds, has been observed most frequently in Butorides herons. We report two observations (and a probable third) of adult Striated Herons (B. striatus) using bread to attract fish at Pointe-a-Pierre, Trinidad, constituting the second reported incidence of bait-fishing by this species in South America.


Keywords: bait-fishing, behavior, Butorides striatus, Striated Heron, Trinidad


Resumen: Pesca con carnada en el Chicuaco Cuello Gris (Butorides striatus) en Trinidad- La pesca con carnada, una forma de uso de instrumentos raramente registrada en las aves, ha sido observada más frecuentemente en las garzas del género Butorides. Se relatan dos observaciones (y probablemente una tercera) de adultos del Chicuaco Cuello Gris (B. striatus) usando pan para atraer peces en Pointe-a-Pierre, Trinidad, constituyendo el segundo registro de pesca con carnada por esta especie en Sudamérica.

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