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?

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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    $\begingroup$ 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). $\endgroup$ – nico Sep 15 '12 at 11:20
  • $\begingroup$ Also, do you think the crow killed the woodpecker (rather than scavenging it)? $\endgroup$ – Mechanical snail Sep 17 '12 at 22:00
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    $\begingroup$ @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. $\endgroup$ – Alan Boyd Sep 18 '12 at 5:01
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    $\begingroup$ 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. $\endgroup$ – DQdlM Feb 25 '13 at 15:53
  • $\begingroup$ The crow looks like it is just admiring the dead flickers' colors. I think it picked it up in the way it would pick up any colorful thing. The flicker probable died by flying into a window. $\endgroup$ – peter May 8 '18 at 21:32

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