Bird that catches fish with bread is probably smarter than you

No hook necessary. 


Miles Klee


Published Apr 25, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 10:13 am CDT

Most species of bird, given a piece of bread, will gobble it down without a second thought. But green herons have figured out how to parlay the stuff into a more filling meal. 

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In fact, bread is one of the many lures, including worms, twigs, and feathers, that they’ll use to attract unsuspecting fish. As the old adage goes: Give a bird a fish and you feed it for a day; film it cleverly catching its own and you’ve got a fascinating YouTube clip.  

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It’s just too bad, after all this craftiness and patience is rewarded, that he can’t mount his prize catch above a fireplace back home—his friends are never going to believe him. 

H/T Reddit | Photo by Matt MacGillivray/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Apr 25, 2014, 3:41 pm CDT