sa6688's picture

surprising crow behaviour

re crows and apparent courtship behaviour- I saw , yesterday, a crow carrying a twig, about 15 inches long, in its beak, fly into a large tree and drop the twig just before it landed, only for a second crow, which had been following closely, to pick up the twig from the ground, then both flew off together. there was definitely some interaction going on.
(Sorry, could not find a mechanism to put this in as a reply to previous posting on crow behaviour)



anonymous spotter's picture

Crow behaviour

Passing food is a well-known behaviour among many birds - especially raptors - as a "bonding" thing. It may be that this is a similar behaviour, using nesting material. Alternatively, they are clever birds and the one may just have realised that its friend was very clumsy! So it either helped out (if it was the mate) or took advantage (if it wasn't).