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Bold hawk eats pigeon in downtown Reykjavík

A hungry hawk attacked a pigeon in Laekjartorg square in downtown Reykjavík yesterday, and ate it undisturbed by astonished spectators.

It is rare to see hawks come so close to humans and urban areas. Sigmar B. Hauksson, head of the Icelandic Hunting Club, told RÚV that the hawk must have been close to starvation, which, he said, indicates that there are not enough ptarmigans which hawks usually feed on.

Ptarmigans are also a popular prey for humans, as the bird is traditionally eaten at Christmas.

Hauksson suggested other explanations might include that the hawk might have been ill or that there are too many hawks around to fight for ptarmigans.

Hauksson added that he didn’t regret the pigeon’s death, as in his opinion, there are too many of them in the city. The hawk disappeared after his feast in Laekjatorg.

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