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Crow Wars!

By paulbroad  
I've posted this for opinions on what was happening. The quality is not superb due to low light, high ISO and hand holding but these crows were having a ding dong of a fight which went on for in excess of 5 minutes on the ground.

Three birds were attacking one, who had obviously been a very bad boy and they meant business. The one flat on his back was the victim and the fourth bird is out of frame.

They ultimately flew off, but were still chasing the one. Anyone seen anything like it? A new one to us. Have seen disagreements that took a few seconds, but never a sustained attack like this.


Tags: Battle Fight Bird Crow Ground Kill Attack Aggression Wildlife and nature maim

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dudler Plus
18 1.8k 1892 England
18 Oct 2019 11:04AM
Wow! One for the experts, and I'm definitely not one of those.

Fascinating - an occasion when content trumps technical quality. I'll watch for an answer with interest...
DaveRyder Plus
7 5.9k 13 United Kingdom
18 Oct 2019 3:26PM
I can't claim knowledge beyond good old google....


2) Do crows ever kill each other? Why? Yes, crows do kill other crows. Crows fight with each other a lot, both within their family groups and outside of them, though when itís with family itís usually not as serious. With crows outside their family they may be fighting to defend mates, food, or territory boundaries. If a particular fight ends up deadly it might be because one of the participants was much weaker and just couldnít take the assault, or misjudged something and got killed ďaccidentallyĒ. Or, as Kevin McGowen suggested, maybe the bird was already injured or sick and the healthy crows saw what was basically a walking lure for a predator and tried to off it so it didnít attract dangers to them. John Marzluff also discusses this behavior in his book In the Company of Crows and Ravens if you want to read other accounts.
paulbroad Plus
14 131 1293 United Kingdom
18 Oct 2019 7:47PM
Thanks for that. Seems logical. Wonderful thing, Google.

paulbroad Plus
14 131 1293 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2019 8:45AM
My mate, who is a keen bird watcher, had never seen a sustained attack like this, but has heard of them and thought your answer above sounded as good as any.


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