Drongo Bird vs. Meerkats

Published: 6.03.2017
Level 4   |   Time: 3:21
Accent: British
Source: BBC Earth

A drongo bird tricks a group of meerkats to get food.


triangle Directions

  1. REVIEW the vocabulary / background.
  2. WATCH the video.
  3. ANSWER the questions.
  4. CHECK your answers. (Show Answers)

triangle Vocabulary

  • a drongo [n] - a type of bird
  • a meerkat [n] - a small animal like a mongoose
  • a trickster [n] - someone who tries to trick/fool others
  • a victim [n] - the target of a trickster
  • spot [v] - see
  • grateful [adj] - thankful
  • scurry [v] - run away (used for small animals and insects)
  • sound a warning [exp] - give a warning
  • be over [exp] - be finished / be done
  • a false alarm [exp] - a warning that is not real or true
  • fall for it [exp] - be fooled or tricked by something
  • sentry [n] - a guard
  • mimic [v] - copy
  • a gang [n] - a group
  • outsmart [v] - be more clever than

[n] - noun,  [v] - verb,  [adj] - adjective,  [exp] - expression

triangle Questions

  1. Where is this video taking place?
    The Sahara Desert
    The Gobi Desert
    The Kalahari Desert

  2. When is this video taking place
    in the morning
    in the afternoon
    in the evening

  3. What is the eagle doing?
    It is looking for a mate.
    It is hunting.
    It is resting.

  4. Why does the drongo send the first warning?
    Because an eagle is nearby.
    Because it is lonely.
    Because there is a scorpion.

  5. What do the meerkats do when they hear the first warning??
    They protect their food.
    They scurry away and hide.
    They ignore the drongo.

  6. Why does the drongo send the second warning?
    Because the eagle has returned.
    In order to steal the meerkats food.
    In order to protect the meerkats.

  7. Why do the meerkats ignore the drongo's third warning?
    Because they are hungry.
    Because they don't fear eagles.
    Because they know it is a trick.

  8. Why do the meerkats run away the second time?
    Because the drongo has mimicked the meerkats own warning call.
    Because one of the meerkats is killed by an eagle.
    Because they can see the eagle.

triangle Script

The drongo is the Kalahari’s greatest trickster, and these are his victims.
A family of meerkats – desert specialists.
After warming up in the morning sun, the meerkats begin their search for breakfast.
The drongo can now begin his tricks, but he must first win the confidence of his victims.
He spots an eagle on the hunt and sounds a warning, one that sends the meerkats gratefully scurrying for safety.
(The) danger is over and now he has their trust.
He sounds another warning, but this time it’s a false alarm.
Thank you very much.
The meerkats fell for it.
This all seems too easy.
He tries the same trick again, but the meerkats aren’t stupid.
They’ll only fall for it once.
The juicy scorpion won’t be for him.
Then suddenly the sound of a sentry’s warning.
No meerkat can ignore that.
Sentries never lie, but the sentry sees no danger.
Guess who?
Of course, it’s the drongo.
He’s learned to mimic the meerkats’ own warning call.
And now he can enjoy his prize.
A gang of meerkats outsmarted by a bird.