The Towering of Wounded Birds


IT is still supposed by some sportsmen and gamekeepers that the towering of a wounded bird is caused by an injury to its head. In some instances this may possibly be the case, if the lesion of the brain be not so severe as to cause instant death; more generally, however, towering seems to be the result of internal hæmorrhage an d asphyxia. In the unconscious condition produced by die circulation of venous blood the bird rises as it continues to fly, and at last falls dead.

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FAYRER, J. The Towering of Wounded Birds. Nature 16, 550 (1877).

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