Black-backed jackal hunting
Black-backed jackal hunting doves
Some of the black-backed jackals in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier park have developed a technique for hunting birds.
At some of the waterholes large flocks of doves congregate both in early morning and in late afternoon to drink. Usually they congregate in bushes and trees around the waterhole. They will fly down for a drink in large numbers at one time and they are very skittish for birds of prey and other predators.
Some of the black-backed jackals in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier park have developed a technique for hunting these doves.
Typically the jackal will be waiting a short distance away from the waterhole. Once a large mass of birds has gathered on the waters edge, the jackal will cautiously get in closer proximity. Then it will suddenly make a run for the birds with snapping jaws. The flock of birds panics and the jackal tried to grab one of the fleeing birds.