Posts falsely claim video shows fire-emitting bird that causes forest fires

Published on 21/12/2021 at 08:41

A video has been viewed tens of thousands of times on social media alongside a claim that it shows a fire-emitting bird which is responsible for forest fires in Australia. The claim is false; the video was created by a special-effects artist who told AFP that it is a manipulated footage of a southern lapwing, a bird commonly found in South America. Ornithologists explained that some other birds intentionally spread forest fires by moving burning sticks to flush out prey, but there are no birds that can emit fires.