Sunday, November 13, 2011

Mobbing

Flying above hawks and mounting aerial attacks, a behavior called "mobbing" by biologists, and it really persists because --well -- it works.  Smaller birds being smaller and more dextrous can get away with such harassment without fear of reprisal.  The larger bird is often slower and less agile, so it accepts the smaller bird’s message -- get out of town.

From a crow's perspective, mobbing behavior on a large potential predator, in this case, a red-tailed hawk, in between meals, might be stalking the crows eggs or babies in the area.

If a red-tailed hawk reached out and grabbed a crow with its talons, in scientific terms, "The crow would be toast."