A great article written in detail by someone who has taken the time to stop and pay attention to the crows. Crows live and share their lives in a very seasonal manner with the other crows around them. Watching crows has been my favorite pastime for the past 5 years. I wish more people would do this, but unfortunately, people are more interested in complaining and wishing the birds away than learning about them. I was walking on a trail today, and I had some peanuts that I gave to the crows as I walked, and a man was telling me how retarded the crows were. I wish I had thought of telling him to educate himself, but I will if I see him again. There are a lot of people who need to learn more about crows and how to appreciate nature. He was talking about a bird making a lot of noise in the morning and labeling the crow as retarded. Most people in my neighborhood are bothered by crows, but they choose to live here with a cornfield in their backyards or across the street in an agricultural community. Again, intolerable complaints from people who should perhaps just keep going and learn to shut the front door.
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- The most obvious sign of territorial behavior from crows is when they defend their nest from rival crows or nearby ravens.
- Let’s look at some key points to know if you really want to understand territorial crow behavior: Crow Territories In The 4 Seasons The first thing to realize is that crow territories are constantly changing throughout the year.
- Let’s look at the 4 seasons… Crows In Winter Crows actually don’t tend to be very territorial during winter… mostly because they’re not currently raising families.
- Protecting Food & Other Resources Territorial behavior is not always about protecting the nest & younglings.
- For both these reasons, crows will aggressively attack ravens, and in some cases, this is probably for territorial purposes.
- Territorial vocalizations are incredibly common, and the sound really stands out on a landscape, even to people who might have very little experience with birds.
- When crows are relaxed, they tend to vocalize in short, calm bursts interspersed with periods of silence & listening.
- But in order to tell the difference, we really need to look at the body language… Territorial Body Language Territory body language is easiest to identify as chasing behavior.
- If you see crows chasing through the sky, way up above the canopy height, cawing as they go, there’s a good chance what you’re observing is territorial chasing.
- Crows will also chase eagles, ospreys, ravens & hawks, so it’s important to tell the difference between territorial chasing vs actual alarm situations.
- Very often, the only obvious difference between alarm calls & territorial calls is the target of this chasing behavior.
- By watching the trajectory of their flight, and imagining how that path relates to the landscape below, you can gauge how far the crows are chasing before they turn back.