Northern cardinal feeding another bird

Hi Teresa, Thanks for writing.  And for your cool observation.  Birds often feed babies that are not their own.  The instinct to stuff food in an open mouth is so strong.  One theory is that the danger of not feeding one of your own hungry chicks is greater than the risk of feeding someone else’s.  At least most of the time.  Sometimes, the results are really remarkable.  There are any number of photos and videos of birds feeding goldfish and koi, including one at this page of a Northern cardinal feeding goldfish:  http://lansingwbu.blogspot.com/2010/05/basic-instinct-cardinal-feeds-goldfish.html

And recently in the news is an amazing story of bald eagles feeding a hawk chick in British Columbia.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/animalia/wp/2017/06/29/these-bald-eagles-are-feeding-a-baby-hawk-because-parenthood-makes-you-crazy/?utm_term=.26c7f7c47e7b

Tom

Series Navigation