A study from the University of Cambridge suggests that the black-necked warbler, which is native to Britain, is most likely in the running for the title of most likely bird to consume a dog.
Researchers analyzed the genomes of more than 1,300 birds across more than 30 species and found that, while the blacknecked bird is a great example of a bird that eats dogs, the other birds are far more likely to use their sharp claws.
The study found that while the grey squirrel is a favorite of the black necked warblers, the red fox is the more likely predator.
The research suggests that when it comes to eating dogs, grey squirrels and red foxes might be more likely than other birds to go for the meat.
In fact, the researchers found that the more often grey squirrel meat is eaten, the more frequently the other animals use their claws.
But that may not be the case if it comes down to a fight.
“The black necker does not bite.
The red fox does not use its claws.
Both these animals have been known to be able to use a bite,” said Dr. Paul Tompkins, one of the study’s co-authors.
“So, it’s not really a surprise that these two species are the more dominant predators in this area.”
This research was funded by the Natural Environment Research Council and the Natural Science Foundation of Canada.
The full article can be read at National Geographic.