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Old 07-14-2015, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Cape Cod
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I haven't seen this but a relative reported that he has. Black birds in his yard are ganging up and killing sparrows. They also cut off and take the head. He has found more than a dozen decapitated birds in his yard in Massachusetts.

The black birds are not crows but about the size of blue jays.

Why are these birds acting like isis terrorists?

Has anyone heard of this strange behaviour?
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Old 07-14-2015, 02:27 PM
 
Location: alabama.
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they are smart birds .. sparrows are rats with feathers .. I kill all that come close to my property ...
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Old 07-14-2015, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma USA
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While I have not personally witnessed this, my husband has seen it.

The large black birds were grackles, and one of them snapped the head off of a house sparrow and ate it.

While I can see the humor in comparing the grackles to black-clad terrorists, the grackles are motivated by hunger for the nutritious, fat-laden sparrow brain, and not by cruelty. Humankind pretty much holds the monopoly on that.
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Old 07-14-2015, 05:36 PM
 
Location: US
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A lot of birds eat other birds. Hawks, owls, falcons, crows, meadowlarks, shrikes and as you found out
grackles, and many more especially the large birds.
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Old 07-14-2015, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, LA
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Are they Starlings? Starlings are the jay equivalent to sparrows, they are a very invasive non-native species.

Let them have at the sparrows.

Maybe something else will come along and get the starlings.
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Old 07-15-2015, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Cape Cod
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I contacted our local bird expert and he said it sounds like grackles. you guys are right. They will attack sparrows, take their heads off and sometimes eat the brains. Great, now we have to worry about Zombie birds. I suppose zombies are better than isis.
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Old 08-03-2015, 02:32 PM
 
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But I love the sparrows!
I started crying when I saw a black bird carrying off a baby bird from its nest. The mother bird was so distraught, she went from her nest to the nearby trees calling and calling. It was not the usual bird chirp...very frantic and heartbreaking a sound. And she did that for hours and hours.
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Old 08-27-2015, 09:40 AM
 
Location: PA
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I've witnessed this, but with crows. I was walking into an office building I service at the end of last summer. The area in which the building is located is a semi-protected natural spot. The crows, a couple dozen, often settle on the edge of the building's roof during the day, usually making a racket. This time, I did not notice the two sitting on the corner of the building as I was passing by. I was startled by something landing inches away from me and as I looked down, I saw the head of a small bird. Well, most of it. That's when I looked up an saw two crows munching on something, which I guessed was the remains of the small bird. Pretty gruesome but fascinating.
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Old 06-08-2019, 01:56 PM
 
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Default Aggressive Black Bird killing Sparrow

My husband and I were walking down a block and heard a bird in distress. Ahead of us was one of these black birds with some blue in its fur flinging the sparrow like it was a leaf. When we got close the black bird dropped the sparrow. The sparrow's eye was picked out and he was gasping for breadth. He stopped breathing a few seconds later. The black bird was not afraid of us and tried to stick around to get back to the sparrow. We took it away and were horrified.
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Old 06-08-2019, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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Was it a blackbird or a crow? I’ve seen crows do this a lot. They especially like young birds. It’s one of the reasons you see birds so relentlessly attack crows many times. Because they will raid nests.
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