First observation of African tigerfish Hydrocynus vittatus predating on barn swallows Hirundo rustica in flight

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  • SDG 6
  • Abstract:

    A population of African tigerfish Hydrocynus vittatus from the Schroda Dam, actively prey on barn swallows Hirundo rustica in flight. This behaviour was discovered during a radio telemetry study and documented using a motion picture video camera. These results show that an avivorous diet is a part of the feeding biology of H. vittatus, and may occur in other populations.