Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Disturbing to see crows feast on roadkill

Disturbing to see crows feast on roadkill
STOMPer Wong spotted this group of crows feasting on the carcass of a dead cat this morning and told STOMP that the sight was disturbing.

The 20-year-old sent an MMS to STOMP just minutes after he snapped the picture at 7:45am today (Mar 24).

"This took along Bishan Street 13 and I paused to take a look because it was unusual, but at the same time, very disturbing."

Disturbing to see crows feast on roadkill

Well, that's what crows do; roadkill is just another source of carrion for many scavengers, and many species of crow and raven (Corvus spp.) have learnt to forage along roads in search of food. In other countries, other scavenging birds like yellow-billed kites (Milvus aegyptius) in Africa, wedge-tailed eagles (Aquila audax) in Australia, and turkey vultures (Cathartes aura) in North America will exploit this resource, although these birds must stay alert to the dangers, so as not to become roadkill themselves.

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