Crows attacking and copulating with a dead crow

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In rare cases, crows touch, attack and even copulate with dead crows. This video shows an extremely rare case of the presumed mate joining the first bird in the copulatory event. The video includes text to point out noteworthy behavior. Scolding=alarm calling, mobbing= more than three adult birds joining to scold, copulation=mating attempt. This video was taken as apart of an experimental research study examining tactile interactions between wild crows and dead crows. You can read more about the study here: https://corvidresearch.files.wordpress.com/2018/07/swift-and-marzluff-2018.pdf

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SyntheticDivine : Science is a little scary sometimes, when it reminds us that chemical reactions within a brain can drive aberrant behavior that we would normally find horrifying. The kinds of actions that creatures in nature, both animals and humans alike, can take when their impulse control is damaged/dimished or in some way overwhelmed. Intellectually we need to know these kinds of truths, science and our understanding of the world must be driven forward, and yet it leaves a part of you wishing that the truth were somehow different from what it, in actuality, is. That humans, and the animals around us, were somehow nobler than we, in fact, are. These crows serve to remind us that biology can be a terrifying thing. May we yet overcome ours, for some of humanity’s most beautiful moments come when we act in direct opposition to our instincts.

jenlovesthisstuff : I'm here from the Duncan Trussell Family Hour podcast ✌

MrOGG : dam nature you scary

darth : Did Ron find Becky?

Bhavika Sicka : Kinky corvids.

Peter : Crows are kinky freaks

LordHumungous619 : Bob's celebration of life gathering went south when everyone realized what a complete a-hole he was!

Kouya Sakurada : Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.”

Philip Hernandez : Savage.

Outcast Outdoors - On a Fishin' Mission : What, you've never played "Dead Body" before?

Lawrence Aaron : Looked like a threesome with a dead crow on the bottom. Is this common practice among crows or an aberration?

Super Malario : i love my (wild) crows & they didn't try to rape me (yet)

Lexxusj S38 : la naturaleza en su maximo esplendor

looni3 : Looks like they were trying to rouse it.

Snowball Effect : Wth was that. That's some intense reaction. Any idea of why this happens? Is it some sort of empathetic overload leading to some sort of adrenaline or other hormone rush when they see a dead fellow?

Ahmad Taufiq : Oh... didn't know they could do that... kinda reminds me of duck for some reason....

Mohit S : 😦

Stonemass : es lo que hacemos los humanos con los vivos no ?

SoluciónFinalXXI : Los cuervos son pura maldad, picotean el cadaver, se ponen cachondos, y quien sabe si esos graznidos significan risas...

mchngunn : I’m here from reddit.

ng seng : No wonder from the Bible, its always refered doves are from heaven and crows are from hell.

trsonicm : What a bunch of morons