Sunday, February 3, 2013

Common buzzard eating a toad

In the Natural Reserve of Decima Malafede (Rome) it has been observed a Common buzzard eating a toad (Bufo bufo). It was a big female toad with eggs inside her, as you can see from the pictures below. Toads are unusual preys for raptors and for other kind of predators because of the secretion of toxic substances produced by skin glands.

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