Tinamou's Dilemma: Canines or Talons?

When I first read about a new paper about the behavior and ecology of maned wolves, I immediately thought of the blogger most uniquely qualified to write about it. Anne-Marie's research is on maned wolves and in her latest post she describes an ecological love-hate triangle in which the maned wolves flush out birds, mostly tinamous, out of the bushes - just to have them preyed upon by hawks. Anne-Marie provides more details, the back-story and the cute pictures.

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Today's image shows the ever-interesting Maned wolf, the so-called 'fox on stilts' Chrysocyon brachyurus, kindly supplied by Anne-Marie of Pondering Pikaia. Anne-Marie studies these animals for her honors thesis. Maned wolves are well known for being predators of large rodents (like pacas) and…
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Thanks, as always, for the link! I'm going to do some more in-depth maned wolf posts soon (although it may be after finals, we'll see...). There are so many fascinating things about this species, it's hard to do them justice in just one post!