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Re: Dromeosaurid behavior
In a message dated 99-04-29 12:22:54 EDT, you write:
>crows can also function much like a "pack" as they hunt smaller birds.
They have been observed gathering near houses, waiting for smaller birds
to fly by. Several members of the group then drive the smaller birds
into the windows of the house, and the rest gather to eat them.
Certainly this is organized hunting of a sort<
One of my favorite paintings is "The Fox Hunt" by Winslow Homer, which
depicts a small flock of crows attacking a fox. He painted this in Maine
in 1893 and the story is that he witnessed this event himself. He wrote
that the crows alternated in attacking the fox, pursuing it through the
deep snow until it collapsed from exhaustion; at which point they killed
it and ate it. The painting can be seen at:
Please note, also, that this type of behavior was depicted several times by
the great Swedish artist, Bruno Liljefors (1860-1939). Go to
http://www.carol.org/gcmwww/sportingart/marin.html for a particularly fine
example of this master's art. Dan Varner.