Collared Dove - Killed By Cat, Eaten By Crow
Photographed By Me
This morning I awoke to house covered floor to ceiling in grey and white feathers. I hunted around a little bit and I eventually found my cat behind the couch with a collared dove in his jaws, dead. I put the bird outside on the grass because, quite regularly, a pair of carrion crows visit my garden and feed on my cats’ leftovers, like this poor starling:
Surprisingly, it was quite fascinating to watch the crow feed, ripping off feathers and shaking its head trying to get them off its beak. It was particularly interesting (if somewhat disturbing) when the crow tore off the dove’s head and flew off with it (bottom picture). Later it also took off with the wing.
The crow’s tough, powerful beak made short work of the collared dove - expertly picking meat off the carcass and allowing it to carry heavy body parts away.
My cat returned later on, surprised to find somebody had devoured half of his dinner!