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Fighting immigrants in Israël

Fighting immigrants in Israël

During my visit in Israel the people I met all looked quite peaceful. The same thing couldn’t be said for the birds. The local birds all behaved nicely, but the immigrants went at it! Luckily the violence didn’t erupt too much, something that goes sometimes a bit different with humans.

Common Myna’s are birds that originate from India. Because people weren’t all that careful with the spreading of these birds they’ve enlarged their original area quite a bit. They occupy a respectable third place on the IUCN-list of the worst invasive species in the world. So an immigrant that rightfully inspires fear! The other side of the Common Myna is that it’s success doesn’t just come out of nowhere, it is a very smart bird which is also not too picky about its food. Apart from that it stays loyal to its partner for its whole life, something most local bird species don’t do!

The birds brought themselves under my attention because I suddenly heard a loud screeching when I almost stepped into the Dead Sea. Luckily I had my camera with me and I could nicely follow how fierce these birds defend themselves also against their own kind. Their partners weren’t too shy to lend a hand, or a ferocious pecking beak either. Finally one couple came out the victor and the other couple had to tuck its tail. It’s clear the Common Myna is worthy of its reputation!

Scroll through the gallery to see how the fight elapses!

Of course Israel has also other birds to offer whose parents were born and brought here or at least flew over here on their own wings. Below I’ve put a small selection of those birds.

Corn bunting

Corn bunting

Graceful Prinia

Dead Sea Sparrow, a local specialty!

Palestine sunbird

Sardinian warbler

Pygmy Cormorant with local fishermen

Pygmy Cormorant

Little Egret

Little Egret

White-breasted kingfisher a nice bird…

White-breasted kingfisher

Grey wagtail

Grey wagtail

Want to see some pictures of Israels culture? Click here!

LennartVerheuvel

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