Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 16 April 2014

Little coal tit tries to revive its dead relative

A Northern Ireland photographer has captured the moment a Coal tit tried to revive a dead bird by repeatedly kicking it.

The Coal Tit tries to kick the dead bird with its feet in an attempt to revive it
The Coal Tit tries to kick the dead bird with its feet in an attempt to revive it

Christine Cassidy said she saw the bird lying on the patio at her home in Derry.

"Within a couple of seconds I noticed a Coal tit carrying food to the dead bird, then another Coat tit arrived - both parents im sure," said Christine. "The male started to kick the dead bird with its feet, as the mother continued to try and bring food to it.

"This behaviour went on for about 15 minutes until I could no longer watch as both parents appeared to be getting very stressed, I decided it was time to lift the dead bird. I have never witnessed behaviour like this ever before."

The Coal tit, scientific name Periparus ater, is common throughout Europe and is a member of the tot family Paridae.

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