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Small Birds Mob Big Ones
BirdNote
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07/01/2012
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Small birds band together to ward off foes - including larger birds.

 

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When smaller birds join forces to ward off larger birds, it's called mobbing. This behavior – like calling your family for help – is used by many bird species. The best time to observe mobbing is spring and early summer, when breeding birds are trying to protect their nests and young. Birds including swallows, blackbirds, and even these American Crows, seen here mobbing a Red-tailed Hawk, know that there is strength and power in numbers. And they've learned to join forces to protect themselves. Be sure to watch the video!


 
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