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I'm conducting some backyard research and would like to know who you think would win in an all out fight between a squirrel and a crow. The combatants are an average sized grey squirrel and an average sized black crow. 

HELPFUL comments are welcome and encouraged. I will refrain from commenting at this time as to not influence the outcome. Thank you kindly.

 

HTH

 

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I have about a dozen gray squirrels in my backyard that will come up to me and take peanuts from my hand. Sometimes I just put a handful of nuts out on a small patio table. There are many large crows that hang around. I've noticed that within minutes of leaving nuts out on the table a crow sentry will sound a dinner bell "CAW CAW" and within seconds a crow gang will show up and make off with the nuts. It's amazing. The squirrels will sound off a barking warning to others if there is a predator about but that seems to be the end of their comms.

So I voted crow because of their vast communication, intelligence and organization skills.

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15 minutes ago, El Floppo said:

Flight and a bad attitude ftw

The fight would have to take place at ground level - and when I was a kid a friend of my dad had his German Shepherd’s throat ripped out by a cornered squirrel - how’s that for a bad attitude?

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They share a similar size and range, with the crow being slightly larger. However, crows have been seen hunting mice, birds, and other animals, and will regularly harass hawks to get them out of the area, so I think a crow would be able to kill a squirrel, given the right circumstances.

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20 minutes ago, Kal El said:

They share a similar size and range, with the crow being slightly larger. However, crows have been seen hunting mice, birds, and other animals, and will regularly harass hawks to get them out of the area, so I think a crow would be able to kill a squirrel, given the right circumstances.

A group is called a murder for a reason.

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15 minutes ago, Leroy Hoard said:

A group is called a murder for a reason.

Very true, they’ve been recorded killing hawks on occasion. I’m sure that is not a coincidence.

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2 hours ago, HERBERT THE HIPPO said:

I'm conducting some backyard research and would like to know who you think would win in an all out fight between a squirrel and a cow. The combatants are an average sized grey squirrel and an average sized black cow. 

HELPFUL comments are welcome and encouraged. I will refrain from commenting at this time as to not influence the outcome. Thank you kindly.

 

HTH

 

 

51 minutes ago, gianmarco said:

I first read it as a cow and I was intrigued by the matchup.

I really think you should consider the cow matchup. It works well in your OP

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1 hour ago, 2Squirrels1Nut said:

My wife throws a couple cups of peanuts in the front yard every day over the winter and dozens of crows show up, every time.  They've now figured out what time she usually feeds them and are already there and waiting. 

They're really smart animals and they have a sharp weapon on their face.  Crow wins this battle easily.

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I think the squirrel is being severely underestimated by some of you. It can use its quickness to bob and weave to avoid the crow's initial peck and then go for the throat with those razor sharp fangs. It can also jump on the back of the crow and scratch its eyes out while simultaneously biting its face. Squirrel wins this 90% of the time.

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8 minutes ago, Dinsy Ejotuz said:

If you're into Crows for the intelligence and communication and whatnot, check out Ravens in Winter.  Super interesting and basic science in its purest form.

This was voted not helpful

Nah, cool recommendation.

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Crows are incredibly intelligent. They are one of few creatures, other than man, that use tools. I mean they fashion spears to get bugs out of tree trunks.

The crow would just create a nice spear and dive on the hapless squirrel and impale his butt to a tree. Game over. 

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5 minutes ago, EYLive said:

Crow with talons and sharp beak wins.

I've bounced pennies off of a squirrel's head.  Not proud of it,  but it happened.  I'm sure if I tried that with a crow there would be a murder in store for me.

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2 hours ago, Dr. Octopus said:

Yes, I recall the day Bill Gates knocked Mike Tyson our cold.

If they were on an island with limited food and it was kill or be killed, I’d bet on Gates coming out on top.

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In paw to beak contact the squirel would probably win by being able to overpower the crow and has immense balance and control. That being said, no crow is stupid enough to sit on the ground and commit to a grappling style match with a squirel. They would use a air strike approach which would negate the ground and pound abilities of the squirel. But would only be a minor annoyance to the squirel. No clear winner here IMO.

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I'm WFH in the blizzard today.  Wife went out this morning and scattered birdseed in the snow/ice on the back patio (all the feeders are frozen solid) and left a few heaps of seed on top of the patio table for the backyard birds.  Within an hour there was a swarm of various chickadees/robins/cardinals/blue jays all going for it.  Then about an hour after that, one fat brown squirrel jumped up on the table and comandeered a pile for himself.  Then a second squirrel found it, and they took over half the table, but still shared with the birds.  The squirrels mainly went for the sunflowers seeds anyway, so plenty of regular seed left for the little birds.   

After 3 hours, a group of crows showed up.  I don't know the minimum required to be a murder, so this was more of a stabbing of crows I'd guess.  They went for the table, but the squirrels were undeterred and made the crows settle for what was scattered on the ground around the table.  Either I have squirrels that just DGAF, or they know they can whip a crow, not sure.  

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I was strongly leaning Crow, but my son reminded me of the Mark Rober youtube on squirrels.  They are not only extremely intelligent and resilient, but have incredible acrobatic skills.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFZFjoX2cGg

The part that starts at about 16 minutes really illustrates the squirrel's awesome powers.

 

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46 minutes ago, Joe Mammy said:

My gigantic barred owls dominate. One of my neighbors lost a small dog to one.

I have a cool pick of 3 hawks sitting on my back fence, one with a squirrel in it's talons. Now that my fence is vinyl they don't sit on it anymore

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