Savannah hawk foraging in front of a bush fire

Fire tolerant

Fire adapted organisms benefit in some way from the occurrence of bush or forest fires. Birds of prey might catch insects fleeing from the flames and Temminck's coursers lay their eggs on scorched ground to take advantage of the open space and to feed on the insects that perished in the fire. Certain plants have gone one step further and become totally dependent on heat and flames to open their seed capsules or trigger germination.

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Plants with this adaptation

Animals with this behaviour

Birds

Reptiles