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Keywords:

  • avivorous behaviour;
  • feeding behaviour;
  • freshwater fish;
  • predation;
  • South Africa

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.