These well viewed videos show what appears to be house crows winding up one cat by pecking his tail to instigate a fight with another cat. But I don’t see it that way.
In the first video we see two cats and two crows. One crow is trying to peck the tail of one of the cats. At the same time the other cat is slowly approaching the cat being pestered by the crow.
Two things are clear (1) the crow does not actually get near enough to peck the cat’s tail and (2) the black cat wants a fight and is about to start one for territorial reasons.
I see two separate events (1) crows pestering a cat and (2) cats fighting over a home range. I don’t see a connection between these two events. Although it looks like there might be a connection because all the ‘players’ (two crows and two cats) are together.
The more logical reason as to why the crow is trying to peck the tail of the cat is to make him go away. And the reason the crow wants to cat to go away is to protect the crow’s food source. These animals are competing for resources.
Cats are carnivores and crows are omnivores. Crows will eat cat food and meat. There is an overlap between cats and crows in respect of diet.
In the second video we see something similar. Two cats about to have a fight over territory and one crow pecking the tail of one of the cats which irritates him. Once again I don’t see a connection between what the cats are about to do (and then do) and the crow’s behaviour.
I believe that the crow wants the cats to disappear to protect food supplies. In this second video the black cat wants the other to disappear too because he believes that it is his home range. There may also be a food supply issue here among the cats. This leads to a violent fight between the two.
The guy who runs the Why Evolution is True website believes the crows might be smart enough to instigate a cat fight for entertainment by pecking tails but I think he is incorrect. It is more basic than that. It’s about competing for resources.
What do you think?