Nature Video

By Joe McFarlane


A wildlife filmmaker captured a vicious brawl between real life angry birds as a group of starlings came to blows.

While most people’s experience of angry birds is limited to a mobile game, wildlife enthusiast and filmmaker, Judy Lehmberg, 66, travelled to the Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico, to experience the real thing.

Setting up her camera and leaving out some peanut butter on a log, it didn’t take long for a particularly vicious group of European Starlings to seek out the food and began a fight over who was to gobble up the most.

With the birds pushing, shoving and even biting each other, the starlings claimed the title of being the true angry birds.

Judy said: “Starlings are super common birds and are actually pests.

“They are pests because they force many species of native birds out of nesting sites.

“Even though they are pests they are pretty the way they shine in the evening light.”