Is this normal bird behaviour?
QMy uncle is a subscriber to your magazine and has asked me to put the following question to you. He is watching Carrion Crows or Rooks taking green cones from a Scots Pine and sitting on the roof opposite appearing to eat them? Is this normal behaviour? Joan Gunn
ACorvids are both omnivorous and intelligent, and have been known to exploit many food sources. Carrion Crows and Rooks have both been known to hunt small mammals, scavenge, and even fish for food. Although we’ve not heard of this particular behaviour before, various corvid species have been reported dropping fully grown pine cones from height in order to extract the seeds to eat, and this could be a development of that behaviour.