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Little kingbird tells BIG swainson’s hawk where to go (“get lost!”)

By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, July 20th, 2011 at 5:27 am in Hawks, Western Kingbird.

Swainson’s hawk vs. western kingbird. Photo by Dave Harper, Oakley, CA
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Small birds can get pretty aggressive when a bird of prey like this swainson’s hawk flies too close to their nesting area. Take this Western kingbird, for example. It is only 9 inches tall, compared to the 19+ inch tall swainson’s. And probably outweighed 15-1. But that doesn’t stop the little kingbird from telling the monster swainson’s where to go.

The power is in the heart. Bye-bye, swainson’s hawk. /Gary

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