“Towering” of Birds

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MY experience goes to show that the towering action, although most frequent in the gallinaceous birds, is by no means confined to them. In the first case which came under my notice the bird was the common godwit. It was feeding on the border of a marsh, and I being very young at the time, committed the unsportsmanlike act of firing at it on the ground. Immediately on being hit the bird rose perpendicularly to a height of about 30 feet, then turned over on its back and fell dead almost on the spot from which it started.

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MILLETT, F. “Towering” of Birds. Nature 15, 158 (1876) doi:10.1038/015158d0

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