Do Crows Scare Away Other Birds?

Crows are considered highly intelligent birds and they also love protecting their family.

They are often seen perching in trees, bird feeders, vehicles, buildings,pretty much everywhere in the vicinity.

As these black birds often wander around human areas where other birds are also seen, you may even see crows attack or scare away other birds .

These birds are not only intelligent, but they are also known for having a bold and strong personality.

This is primarily the reason why many small birds are often scared of crows, as they pose a great threat to them.

Crows are highly territorial, especially when it comes to food sources.

They would naturally scare away, get rid of, and prey on small birds, such as robins, sparrows, and doves. 

So now if you’ve had enough of crows

Maybe because they make so much noise at night (Which by the way you can check out my article – Why do crows make noise at night?)

Or maybe they keep destroying your lawn (Check out my article – How to stop crows destroying my lawn?)

Then I’m sure you’re wondering

How to get rid of crows but not the other small birds

Carry on reading to find out

How Do I Get Rid Of Crows But Not Other Birds? 4 Ways You Can

Many people treat crows as a nuisance as they usually create annoyance in the neighborhood with their loud caws and clever tricks.

They would naturally keep other birds away in their territories and food sources.

So if ever you’re the type of person who loves feeding other birds, crows might cause some problems to your joy. 

Here are some of the things you can do to keep crows away: 

1. Redesign your bird feeders

If you have bird feeders at home, crows would definitely gather in your territory and look for food.

This would naturally keep the other birds away from your area.

Try to redesign your bird feeders only for smaller birds, and make sure to keep it clean from spilled food to discourage crows. 

2. Put up predator decoys 

There are predator decoys that are available to purchase in the market.

Decoys like owls, hawks, and other crows’ predators would scare these birds away in your area. 

3. Display shiny objects 

Crows hate shiny and reflective objects.

Try to put up reflective CDs in your lawn or vicinity to shoo the crows away. 

4. Cover and remove any potential food 

If you have your plants, vegetables, and even fruits in your house, this would encourage crows to gather in your area.

After all, these are potential food sources for them, so you can cover your backyard with bird netting and keep your lawn clean from dropped fruits. 

Why Are Crows Attacking Other Birds? 

Crows are considered predators for smaller birds.

They would love to prey on the smaller and defenseless birds as food.

Some birds that fall as prey to these cawing predators are canaries, sparrows, doves, and finches. 

These black birds may also attack other birds that are the same size or even larger than them. 

They would even attack hawks and eagles!

Check out these articles which you’ll find interesting for sure!

Why do crows attack hawks?

Why do crows attack eagles?

They would form a flock or do mobbing behavior, whereas they would join forces, to attack larger and stronger birds than them. 

This is usually done when a larger predator or threat comes into their nests.

Crows ward off larger birds to keep their territories safe. 

Do Crows Attack And Eat Other Birds? 


Crows attack and eat other birds either to secure food or to protect their territories.

These cawing birds are great scavengers and would use their intelligence to target and kill smaller birds. 

Crows also prey on eggs and nestlings of other birds as they see them as vulnerable and easy meals.

They hunt small birds that they know they can surely kill.

These are omnivorous birds, so they would really eat even other animals as long as it is something they can eat. 

These crows also form in large numbers to attack stronger and larger birds than them to defend their territories.

Related article – How to stop crows eating chicken eggs? 

Are Crows Good To Have Around?

While many people treat crows as pests, they are still important players in the ecosystem.

People thought that crows only bring havoc in their area as they are quite infamous for damaging properties, vehicles, and disturbing the neighborhood with their loud calls. 

However, you’d be surprised to hear crows are actually good to have around.

In fact, they are less damaging than what most people think.

These birds help in waste management as they can eat waste, thus preventing the spread of diseases and bad odor in the area. 

They also prey on vegetation pests such as worms, caterpillars, grubs, and other insects.

They are also great pollinators, making the plants and flowers thrive more.

Crows also play a huge role in terms of cleaning decaying matter which is highly helpful in keeping away swarming insects. 

So they’re not really that bad to be honest!

They do help in some ways too

Wrapping Up

Crows often pose great threats for other smaller birds.

This is because they often prey on small, weak, and vulnerable bird species like sparrows, canaries, finches, and nestlings.

People think that crows are a nuisance as well as they usually bring trouble to anyone.

Hence, many people try to get rid of these black and loud-cawing birds. 

Putting up reflective objects, fake decoys, and cleaning the area from potential food sources are often what people do to keep them away.

These are effective, however, it is still important to remember that crows are also important in the ecosystem. 

I guess it’s like a love hate kind of relationship!


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