Mockingbirds Fighting Midair on Rábida Island in Galápagos, EC

The challenger rolled away before the alpha male could pin him down. Then the war became airborne. While the rest of the bird community watched, the two birds lunged and clawed among fluttering wings. One would fall. The other would pursue. Then the dogfight would resume. Surprisingly, neither bird made a sound during this violent fight. Finally, the challenger dropped for the last time. He was briefly pounded into submission before running off. This amazing show ended in a technical knockdown for the community’s defender. The other birds encircled him with congratulations.

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