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Title
Green Heron Bait Fishing

Description
A Green Heron (Butorides virescens) prepares to drop an object (presumably a small piece of bark) into the water to entice fish—a fascinating example of tool use in birds. Using found objects as fishing lures (sometimes called "bait fishing") is considered a learned behavior in green herons, practiced by only the most intelligent individuals.

Location and Date
North Pond Nature Sanctuary
Chicago, Illinois, USA
9/9/05 (Note: pre-2000 dates are approximate)

Credit
Mark Swanson/Swanson Media

Camera/Source
Nikon D70 DSLR

Lens
AF VR-Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED

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Keywords
herons (typical), Green Heron (Butorides virescens), tool use by animals, bait fishing, animal intelligence, learned behaviors, Family Ardeidae (Bitterns\Herons\Egrets), Order Pelecaniformes, Class Aves (Birds), Kingdom Animalia (Animals)

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