Crow Feeding and Tending Young
- This video shows Northwestern Crows feeding their young at a nest in Juneau, Alaska.
- Of interest is after being fed one of the youngsters raises its rear end and the parent takes or eats its poop.
- What are some of the advantages of this type of behavior?
- The young don't defecate in the nest or beside the nest.
- This may help avoid contamination.
- It might be less obvious for predators whereas the nest site with a bunch of whitish poop may be visible from some distance away.
- I have read that the parents may receive some nourishment by eating their youngsters poop.