15 Epic Bird Attacks Caught on Camera

Many birds are fearless predators, and they can tackle a variety of prey. Have you ever seen the kookaburra in action? What about the snake eagle?

1. Bald Eagle

A bald eagle and a coyote fight over a fresh deer carcass. When a coyote comes to annoy it for a taste of the kill, the eagle charges it several times, attempting to discourage it.

The coyote, on the other hand, is tenacious and tries and tries to get to the carcass until it succeeds and runs away with it but drops it along the way. It’s a never-ending battle between the two animals for the prize.

Following the death of a juvenile heron, the eagle plucks all of its large feathers and drags it up onto the grassy area visible above them in the video. She ate some of it, as did the other eagle, who was presumably the male because he was smaller.

This eagle swoops down and kills a mallard duck. The other ducks force the eagle to fly away without his kill, so he circles the area looking for a chance to snare the dead duck.

The ducks, however, lunge at him every time he swoops in to make the grab. He finally flies right through and grabs. When this bald eagle snatches a couple of chicks from a nest and flies away with them clamped in his talons, he doesn’t waste any time.

Donald Trump, the runner-up for Person of the Year, agreed to pose with a bald eagle for a Time magazine cover story as he was establishing himself as a serious contender. The eagle didn’t seem to like it. The eagle was discovered to be a democrat.

2. Sparrowhawk

This sparrowhawk attacks a feral pigeon and as much as the pigeon tries to fight off the hawk, there is nothing it can do, and the hawk begins plucking the feral pigeon’s feathers.

In this video, a male Sparrowhawk is killing a starling. You can see the starling is pinned to the ground and cannot move. The Starling fought valiantly but ultimately lost another sparrow hawk jumps on a starling as if it was a bouncing ball, and the result is the same.

The starling eventually succumbs to the vicious attack. This time, a crow must deal with the sparrowhawk’s relentless attacks, and the blackbird doesn’t fare much better than the pigeon.

This sparrow hawk sits on a wood pigeon when two magpies come to harass it. The hawk is upset and lets the magpies know he will attack them if they continue, but the magpies don’t care.

Meanwhile, the pigeon is stuck under the hawk, and it’s obvious he’s dead. The magpies want the pigeon but it’s not happening. This sparrow hawk returned with a small bird after a quick hunt and brought it back to his handler.

many birds are fearless predators and

they can tackle a variety of prey have

you ever seen the kookaburra in action

what about the snake eagle if you want

to see some formidable birds in action

keep watching as we count down 15 epic

bird attacks caught on camera

number 15 bald eagle a bald eagle and a

coyote fight over a fresh deer carcass

when a coyote comes to annoy it for a

taste of the kill the eagle charges it

several times attempting to discourage

it the coyote on the other hand is

tenacious and tries and tries to get to

the carcass until it succeeds and runs

away with it but drops it along the way

it’s a never-ending battle between the

two animals for the prize

following the death of a juvenile heron

the eagle plucks all of its large

feathers and drags it up onto the grassy

area visible above them in the video

she ate some of it as did the other

eagle who was presumably the male

because he was smaller

this eagle swoops down and kills a

mallard duck the other ducks force the

eagle to fly away without his kill so he

circles the area looking for a chance to

snare the dead duck the ducks however

lunge at him every time he swoops in to

make the grab he finally flies right

through and grabs the kill

when this bald eagle snatches a couple

of chicks from a nest and flies away

with them clamped in his talons he

doesn’t waste any time

donald trump the runner-up for person of

the year agreed to pose with a bald

eagle for a time magazine cover story as

he was establishing himself as a serious

contender

the eagle didn’t seem to like it i guess

the eagle

was a democrat

number 14 sparrow hawk this sparrow hawk

attacks a feral pigeon and as much as

the pigeon tries to fight off the hawk

there is nothing it can do and the hawk

begins plucking the feral pigeons

feathers

in this video a male sparrowhawk is

killing a starlight you can see the

starling is pinned to the ground and

cannot move

starling fought valiantly but ultimately

lost

another sparrowhawk jumps on a starling

as if it was a bouncing ball and the

result is the same the starling

eventually succumbs to the vicious

attack

this time a crow must deal with the

sparrowhawk’s relentless attacks and the

blackbird doesn’t fare much better than

the pigeon

this sparrow hawk sits on a wood pigeon

when two magpies come to harass it the

hawk is upset and lets the magpies know

he will attack them if they continue but

the magpies don’t care meanwhile the

pigeon is stuck under the hawk and it’s

obvious he’s dead

the magpies want the pigeon but it’s not

happening

this sparrow hawk returned with a small

bird after a quick hunt and brought it

back to his antler

number 13 hawks

this cuckoo bird is begging this hawk

for mercy but the hawk plucks its

feathers and begins to feast on it

without holding back at all

woodpeckers are tough birds but this

hawk is giving it a beating and the

woodpecker is powerless to stop it the

hawk eats the woodpecker alive and it

does a good job

this sparrow hawk catches a jacob and

cuckoo and as much as the cuckoo laments

itself the hawk is not concerned with

its well-being it’s hungry and it’s

going to eat it

this hawk is crushing a backyard bird

and we can’t hear a peep out of the

victim perhaps he’s already dead and if

he’s not he will be soon because the

hawk has begun to pluck the feathers

from the helpless bird

a european starling is being killed and

its feathers plucked by this sharp

shinned hawk

sharp shin hawks are acipator hawks that

primarily prey on birds they are an

important part of the ecosystem because

they hunt the weak and sick birds while

allowing the strong ones to breathe

number 12 owls these barn owls are

disturbed when a pigeon comes crashing

into their box the owls were just

beginning their bonding process when the

incident occurred will they return after

this your guess is as good as mine

this great horned owl attacks a

peregrine nest while the mother is not

there and tries to snatch the babies the

owl grabs one of the falcons and takes

off

this owl is lost when some cats find it

on the sidewalk it’s probably injured

but one thing for sure it is terrified

of the cat and the cat has no clue what

to do

this owl is snatching a few babies from

this nest it looks more like it’s eating

them on the spot i guess the mother is

running errands somewhere else

great horned owls are powerful predators

that can take down large prey including

raptors like ospreys peregrine falcons

prairie falcons and other owls they also

consume much smaller animals such as

rodents frogs and scorpions when

clenched a great horned owl’s powerful

talons require 28 pounds of force to

open

this lethal grip is used by owls to

sever the spine of large prey

unfortunately things do not always go

well for these adored live cambers as

you can see

in the video

number 11 minus during the breeding

season miners seek out nesting hollows

and evict native birds and animals

indian miners kill other birds chicks

destroy their eggs or build their own

nests on top of them and suffocate them

these miners attack a chameleon we’ve

seen the chameleons can be tough

opponents and other countdowns so this

is not a guaranteed win for the birds

a few miners gang up on one miner and it

seems like the argument is about food

what else is new

these miners are involved in a royal

rumble but the problem is there is no

referee so the birds fight without any

rules or restraints and its all-out war

these miners are trying to destroy the

sparrow’s nest for some reason these

birds give out a negative vibe

number 10 pelicans

pelicans have gigantic mouths and you

can see for yourself in our thumbnail

this pelican is swallowing a rather

large animal hole this pelican grabs a

duck and swallows it whole the duck

tries to escape and you can see it move

inside the pelican’s gullar pouch but

that won’t stop the pelican from

swallowing it a flock of birds gathered

in st james park in london to eat

tourists breadcrumbs a pigeon took a

crumb meant for a pelican and ate it

when the pelican got angry he decided to

eat the pigeon instead of the crumb

these pelicans are fishing and they are

quite good at it as they snatch some

fish from the water

this huge pelican scares the living

daylights out of this cat when it tries

to snatch the cat the feline’s quick

reaction allows it to avoid the attack

and run away

number 9 peregrine falcon prairie

falcons are well known for their

ruthless hunting techniques a wild

juvenile female kills a drake mallard

with a high speed head shot in this

video when she collided with the mallard

she was traveling at around 90

kilometers an hour when pursuing field

feeding waterfowl prairie falcons

frequently use this technique because

the duck is heavier and stronger the

ground struggle is reduced when the

smaller falcon delivers a knockout punch

it exemplifies the falcon’s agility and

speed

this peregrine falcon scouts the area

and hunts a green winged teal duck as it

soars over a beach it doesn’t take long

for the falcon to aim and fire and the

duck’s life is over

this peregrine falcon swoops down on a

great blue heron in midair and when they

crash land the falcon takes command of

the situation

this peregrine falcon kills two ducks

and goes on a wild hunt with a third

a peregrine falcon kills a pheasant but

the most disturbing part of the video is

how the falcon consumes the pheasant

this is not for those who are easily

frightened

a man and his girlfriend were camping on

long key florida when they saw this

peregrine falcon dive bomb scoop up a

yellow crested knight heron and bounce

off the road in front of them it was

amazing to watch it attack such a large

bird

number 8 harris hawks and goshawks most

hawks hunt alone harris hawk on the

other hand is not one of them even

though it is a fast jackrabbit it

prefers to hunt in packs and can be

lethal

first hawk notices a jackrabbit it’s not

going to be an easy catch these airs

invented evasive maneuvering they can

run at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour

and leap 10 feet but it may take more

than that to escape the air wolf pack

the first hawk flushes the jack rabbit

while the others keep an eye out for the

escape so when the rabbit instinctively

zigzags away from one predator it runs

straight into the talons of the other

and the entire family shares the spoils

in the sonoran desert a group of aerys

hawks pursues a cottontail rabbit

weaving in and out of cacti as they get

closer to their prey the first hawks job

is to entice the rabbit to come out of

its hole and once it does the second

hawk arrives for the kill

when the kill is completed the two hawks

split the meal

these harris hawks have slaughtered a

jackrabbit and are plucking its feathers

in front of these dogs i guess this is

one big happy family and everyone

including their handler worked together

on the hunt

gas hawks have been used to hunt live

preys such as rabbits pheasants and

other animals for centuries this bird of

prey is the ultimate hunting bird due to

its exceptional agility speed and razor

sharp eyesight this video depicts a gosh

hawk hunting a jackrabbit in one of

nature’s most dramatic hunting scenes

with his harris hawks and german

shorthaired pointers this hunter pursues

pheasant duck rabbit and squirrels

everything captured is dispatched

humanely and consumed by the hunter

hawks dogs and ferrets this there is

nothing left to chance

this harris hawk is hunting a pheasant

and it’s hard to watch the hawk by

chunks of flesh from the bird’s neck

while it’s still alive

number seven magpies a magpie kills and

kidnaps four barn swallow chicks from a

nest on an island in norway in this

video

this bird doesn’t seem bothered by the

presence of this insane magpie but it

should be the magpie waits a few seconds

before striking then violently grabs the

bird and flees a few feet away

the magpie attacks the bird again before

walking away

when the owner of this house went

outside to investigate the noise he

discovered two blue tits battling a

magpie because he couldn’t see anything

out of his bedroom window he went to the

bathroom window he missed most of the

attack and by the time he got his camera

out the little guy was either dead or on

his way to his funeral

the person who was filming had no idea

magpies could be so dangerous

this magpie attacks the rat

and the rat does not recover the magpie

transports the rat to a more secluded

location to eat it after the killer bird

has softened it

number six kookaburras this kookaburra

clashes with a magpie but after the

initial contact the two birds don’t seem

to have any interest in pursuing the

altercation

this kookaburra shows this tiger snake

who’s the boss the kook grabs the snake

and kills it easily

these kookaburras fight with when a

magpie wants to join the scuffle the

three birds seem to have engaged and

this looks more like a threesome than a

fight

this kook darts out of a tree and

captures this snake beating it to death

and eating it whole

kookaburras eat small birds and that’s

exactly what this kook is doing it’s

actually trying to swallow the little

guy whole

this kook has caught a snake and is

tenderizing it so it can have an easier

time to eat it

number five two cons two cans are often

thought of as friendly fruit eaters but

they are omnivorous and quite aggressive

we saw two can kill anita bat while on a

bird watching tour at playa cativo lodge

in costa rica

this toucan is on the hunt for a parrot

and it just grabbed one his friend asks

him if he wants to share but the toucan

turns away with a parrot because he

wants it all to himself

when a cute hummingbird tries to extract

the nectar from these flowers a toucan

grabs and crushes it you can see how

small the bird is in the toucan’s mouth

two cans are also meat-eaters which many

people are unaware of here we see one of

ripley’s wild cousins following in its

ancestors footsteps by raiding a nest

and devouring someone else’s baby’s hole

i guarantee you’ll never look at toucans

the same way again

number four snake eagle

this snake eagle is up against the cobra

and slowly tries to grab the snake by

the tail but the cobra is a difficult

prey to dispatch the battle is

eventually won by the bird

in a park an eagle and a snake crossed

paths i had no idea what kind of park

this is and i think i’d rather not know

for the kill this brown snake eagle

hunts and pounces on a cobra

this eagle has landed on a snake in the

middle of the street and is enjoying a

tasty breakfast

another snake dies at the hands of an

eagle this time an extremely dangerous

black mamba this eagle is literally

swallowing the snake hole

number three seagulls as we’ve seen

before seagulls can take on larger prey

and this one attacks a squirrel and

stabs it several times with its beak

until it dies

after that the seagull employs an old

trick and swallows the squirrel hole as

if it were candy the squirrel tried to

attack the seagull but the massive bird

appeared to be too powerful for the

small squirrel because seagulls don’t

have teeth and their claws aren’t very

efficient they can’t separate the meat

from the bones like we can so it’s in

their best interest to eat as quickly as

possible

this seagull tries to catch a few

ducklings having fun on the lake but mom

defends her family by leaping into the

air to fend off the seagull

a large gaul snags and eats a baby

duckling while pursuing mallard babies

from the air

many young flightless ducks are swimming

around looking for food and because they

can’t fly they’re easy to catch and eat

attracting predatory birds such as

seagulls

this seagull is cleaning up the streets

by swallowing pests like this rat whole

it looks so delicious that i almost want

to try one myself

a fight between seagulls and pigeons

would most likely benefit seagulls

because they are slightly larger and

have larger beaks and when this seagull

tackles a pigeon on the sidewalk he

easily drags the pigeon into the middle

of the street and it’s not hard to see

that the pigeon is toast

in triana norway a dramatic bird attack

was captured on video the residents of

the island are surrounded by these birds

but they have never seen anything like

this

this is due to a lack of food or was the

bird that was attacked already injured

and thus an easy target because the

attacker did not appear to give up an

onlooker eventually chased them away

from the injured bird allowing it to

flee

number two golden eagle these two eagles

have captured a wolf and are refusing to

let it go their handlers must arrive and

remove the birds of prey from the wolves

head i feel terrible for the wolf

this eagle bites off more than it can

chew when it latches onto a goat and the

two of them roll down the side of a

cliff strewn with boulders the eagle

bears the brunt of the impact and i

wouldn’t be surprised if one or both of

its wings are damaged the goat escapes

when the eagle lets go but the eagle is

shaken

this golden eagle soars above a row deer

its next meal despite the deer’s best

efforts the eagle swoops in for the kill

and clings to the deer’s back as the

deer tries to flee for his life the

eagles handler runs alongside the two

animals the eagle does an excellent job

and successfully completes the task

an eagle lands on a snake in a park and

begins stomping on it with its talons in

front of all the park visitors it’s an

incredible sight not something you’d

expect to see on a sunday morning stroll

through the park

this golden eagle has taken a gosling

and is bringing it back to the nest to

feed its young while the gosling is

still alive they both consume it in this

case i believe the adage one man’s death

as another man’s bread applies this is

nature’s essence

blood can be seen running down the side

of this deer’s body as the eagle stands

on its back

what comes next the deer is clearly too

large for the eagle to carry away but it

is also too large for the eagle to kill

a golden eagle is on the prowl for

rabbit meat and has targeted a potential

prey the eagle takes off and heads for

the kill but the rabbit is quick and out

maneuvers the eagle the first time

around

but that was just beginner’s luck

the eagle gets the kill the second time

number one

great blue heron

mama duck is attacked by other ducks

leaving her ducklings vulnerable to a

hungry bird two of her ducklings are

devoured by the great blue heron

haron is fishing and finds little

turtles where he looks this is a

successful fishing trip

weasels are tough little buggers but

this heron doesn’t seem to care when he

attacks this weasel head on and finishes

it off

during the duck breeding season an avian

predator eats ducklings to diversify its

food intake and an enraged mother duck

can do nothing to protect her offspring

from this predatory eating behavior

because ducks are much smaller than

herons a mother duck cannot adequately

defend herself and her babies from an

aggressive heron that eats ducklings

many of these birds impressed me but the

pelican is the bird i enjoy watching the

most because of its huge gullar pouch i

just freak out when i see prey stuck in

there still alive and moving but not

able to escape

which one was your favorite why don’t

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