Rook eating a blackbird

Yes, I have seen a rook or a very large crow eating a blackbird. 

Last year, a male blackbird was feeding a baby blackbird a worm in my back garden.  It was such a lovely sight.  As the baby went to take the worm, the large crow or rook swooped and picked up the baby. 

I opened the kitchen door, ran and screamed wherin the baby was dropped. The garden is enclosed and the baby wasnt able to fly properly, so I put washing basket over the baby to protect it (temporarily) and placed it under a shrub.  (The wash basket had openings, for the adult bird to feed the baby through the basket). 

Unfortunately, the crow/rook attacked/killed and then flew off with the adult.  It was so sad as I loved the male adult bird.  It worked tirelessly throughout the day to feed the baby and any others that I didnt see.  I now discourage crows and rooks from visiting our garden at any time of year.


I was lucky enough to receive this descriptive story of bird eating bird.  I used to think that it was a nice, civilised world in bird world, but it isn’t is it?

Birds eat birds without thinking anything of it.  This rook took a parent bird away from its young! 

It’s a good job there was someone around to help the young birds. And what a good idea to put a wash basket over it.

I remember how shocked I felt when I watched a rook in a hedgerow eating a dead blackbird.  It was amazing to watch.

That’s nature I suppose.  It has been going on for years, it’s just that we don’t see it very often.


4 thoughts on “Rook eating a blackbird

  1. Liz

    Yes, i used to think that garden birds lived in harmony until I witnessed the rook, attack and fly off with the wonderful parent male black bird. I will never forget the loss to the garden of this little wonder of nature. Unfortunately, another sad story is happening at our local small park now. The moorhen’s chicks are being picked up, one by one by the seagulls, who fly off with them in their mouths. It’s so devasting to those who visit the park and who are ‘willing’ the survival of the chicks, hoping that this year at least one will survive. You feel so powerless. At times, in the past, some of the beautiful black fluffy chicks have deleloped and swam around for a couple of weeks and then sadly are carried away by a seagull. Last year, both broods were totally wiped out. I wander if I should get in touch with the park owners (council) and ask if they can provide a safer natural environment for the moorhens and chicks? Regards, Liz in Aberdeen, Scotland

  2. Trish Post author

    Hi, Thanks for sharing this with me.
    Chicks being taken – I think you should get in touch with the park owners, local Wildlife Trust or/ and the RSPB. When one species overwhelms another species that is bad. I think it’s always hard to make the first move, but all you need do is pick up the phone and explain to one or two people/ groups/ organisations what is happening. I think you may feel better if you do. There may be nothing they can do, but you will never know unless you try. Best. Trisha

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  4. H. Hawes

    I think people need to be able to differentiate between rooks and carrion crows. The latter are far more like4ly to take baby birds. Magpies are worst; they will work along a hedge taking out all the eggs and young birds. Rooks eat many pasture pests inclluding leather jackets; weevils, dung flies, also blow fly larvae, beetles, worms, wasps, moths and moth larvae; mosquitos and plant bugs. They will also eat carrion. They do not usually set out to hunt young birds, as do magpies and crows.

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