Raven Behavior 2

  • The following interpretation of this raven behavior was kindly provided by John Marzluff.
  • The one calling was giving begs. We call it groveling for its life.
  • The deep calls from the background and then attributed to the bird coming in with ears up and pants down are territorial calls indicating that "I will kick your butt if you don't get out of here."
  • The beggar attacked first (a last resort out of fear) and then got out of dodge as the territorial bird exercised its will.
  • The beggar may have been an older kid of the adult that was aggressive, or not. You can tell the beggar is immature because of its pink mouth.
  • The very anxious begging (haa, haa, haa, haa calls) are a signal that usually stifles adult aggression and allows the young bird to stay in the area, but not in this case.
  • This is a common scene around food sources that the beggar desperately wants, but the adult territory owner isn't keen on sharing.

Raven Behavior 2 from Bob Armstrong on Vimeo.

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Corvids