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Here's a picture (by Rob Curtis) of a crow carrying and eating the corpse of what looks a bit like a small hawk or falcon:

Crow carrying dead bird

Other pictures clearly show the crow is eating the dead bird. This image shows the underside of the head and beak; this one shows its legs, which are grayish.

  1. What bird is being eaten?
  2. Is this bird a usual part of the corvid diet? Or did the crow just opportunistically scavenge a dead bird?
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Crows are omnivorous, and will eat almost anything they find or can kill.

In this case the prey looks like a Yellow-Shafted Flicker.

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I would add that most corvid are scavengers, and there are also some that are "specialized" at that, such as the Carrion Crow (Corvus corone). – nico Sep 15 '12 at 11:20
Also, do you think the crow killed the woodpecker (rather than scavenging it)? – Mechanical snail Sep 17 '12 at 22:00
@Mechanical snail - I don't think that there is any way that anyone could know the answer to this question unless they were a witness to what happened. – Alan Boyd Sep 18 '12 at 5:01
I agree with @AlanBoyd that we cannot know for sure but I would say it is unlikely that a crow could catch and kill a healthy flicker. So just based on that, it seems more likely it scavenged it. – KennyPeanuts Feb 25 '13 at 15:53

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