Crows atop other birds


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/05/02/crows-atop-other-birds.html


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#3

These are delightful, but I don’t think they are all crows. The double-decker black birds seem too small to me. Probably not grackles or starlings, but maybe the kind of blackbird that used to get baked in a pie by the two-dozen.


#4

The two black birds on top of one another look like western jackdaws to me, which is a type of crow or at least in the crow family. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_jackdaw#/media/File:Coloeus_monedula_-Ham_Common,_London_Borough_of_Richmond_upon_Thames,_England-8.jpg


#5

Corvus’ don’t give a shit.


#6

If my perceptions are correct, these may exhibit some of the highest levels of human cultural achievement found outside the human species: Lord of the Rings cosplay…


#7

Crows (and corvids) are awesome :smiley:


#8

In my neighborhood with nice little creek the mob of crows that frequent the area always drive off the broad shouldered hawks that try (and succeed) in getting some rodents. In fact a good way to spot a hawk is to look for the cawing and upset crows driving it away with swoops and dives and general badassery. The crows also eat the somewhat large water snakes from the creek as well. Those crows will mess with anybody, and you better not mess with them (if you are wildlife).


#9

These are cartoons, right? Real birds don’t do this, right?


#10

Oblig:


#11

Avian Uber?

“It’s not a taxi! It’s a rideshare!”


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#13

Damn you. The only antidote for that clip is to go all in: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OXVPgu6urw


#14

Next photo series:

Corvids getting eaten by larger birds.


#15

I guess magpies don’t exhibit this behavior, despite being corvids?


#16

Or bears, according to Jim Woodring.


#17

In the sharing economy, I get to lyft your joke.


#18

What a cheep shot.


#19

Corvidae. A bunch of terrorists, the lot of them.

Who needs supervillains when you can have crows?


#20

I’ve watched this sort of thing going on for years: Smaller birds (such as crows) taking on big, nasty predators of the sky. You will not be surprised to note that a nest full of eggs is often what’s at stake. You will also note that many flying predators are built to hover or power dive, leaving them vulnerable to concerted attacks from strong flyers.

The greatest thing about watching crows and ravens is that they play. They’ll approach a place where there is a strong updraft of wind and then take turns showing off – the behavior is identical to humans on surfboards.