House Crow handling a toad

“While shooting some water lilies at a pond near the lift landing at Marina Bay Sands, I saw a waterhen on the opposite banks. I rushed over for a closer look, running along the perimeter of the pond.

CrowH-toad [LilianSng]

“To my astonishment, as I was approaching the grassy path, i was greeted with this sight.

CrowH-toad [LilianSng]

“A House Crow (Corvus splendens) was trying to flip this toad like a piece of prata onto the grass (above). It did that multiple times. The poor toad was still alive and it tried to jump away (below) but was caught again by the crow.

CrowH-toad [LilianSng]

“A myna was waiting and watching close by. I wish I had taken a video of them. Sigh.

CrowH-toad [LilianSng]

“As I went closer, I think the crow felt threatened so it decided to da bao (the local word for takeaway) the toad home, or to a safer place before it consumes its lunch (above).

“This is also for the nature challenge tagged by Carol Lynn Beukes and also for Mr YC Wee.”

Lilian Sng
Singapore
13th February 2016

This post is a cooperative effort between Birds, Insects N Creatures Of Asia and BESG to bring the study of birds and their behavior through photography and videography to a wider audience.

3 Responses

  1. I thought toads had poisonous skin or something? Can someone please clarify? Are they safe for birds to consume?

  2. Lilian sng

    https://www.quora.com/How-do-animals-in-the-wild-avoid-eating-anything-poisonous
    Not sure if this helps answer part of your question?

  3. The crow knows that the toad is poisonous and it will only eat the kidney. It will use its beak to create a small slit on the toad’s back and dig out the kidney.

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