Crows Dad and mom, Fearless Defenders
Written by Ellen Blackstone
That is BirdNote!
[Alarm call of American Crows protecting a nest]
You’re listening to American Crows defending their nest, defending their younger! [More alarm calls of the American Crow]
Though the American Crow could seem somewhat blasé about pillaging one other fowl’s nest, like that of this Home Finch [distress call of the House Finch] it regards a risk to its personal younger as a punishable offense. Crows are territorial, very protecting of their meals sources, ferocious and fearless as dad and mom. [Call of American Crow]
Younger crows fledge, or depart the nest, when they’re round 5 – 6 weeks outdated and almost the identical measurement as adults. However they nonetheless can’t feed or defend themselves. Happily, their dad and mom look out for them for months. In actual fact, immature crows don’t mate till they’re a minimum of two years outdated. They usually stick with the household all that point, studying from the dad and mom and even serving to with subsequent yr’s brood.
To guard their younger, grownup crows dive-bomb individuals, cats, and different birds or animals. They strike with their toes, whip with their wings, and peck in the event that they get an opportunity. The very best factor you are able to do when there are child crows round is preserve your distance! [More calls of American Crows defending their nest]
For BirdNote, I’m Mary McCann.
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Bird sounds offered by The Macaulay Library on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Recorded by G.A. Keller and G.W. Vyn.
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© 2015 Tune In to Nature.org June 2017/2020 July 2022 Narrator: Mary McCann
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