Great tits go hunting

10 September 2009 - Peter Estok from the Max Planck Institute of Ornithology reported in the Biology Letters periodical that he and his colleagues had followed up on a longstanding rumor according to which tits eat bats when driven by necessity. They were able to confirm this while watching great tits in the Bukk Mountains in northeastern Hungary. This may sound incredible, but researchers say that it's just a matter of adapting to the scarcity of food in the dead of winter. The tits were seen flying into a large cave, snatching up bats and then, using their beaks, systematically tearing the flesh from their victims

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