This Indian House Crow invasion is no "natural phenomena" that
will eventually "run its course".
The House Crow is a
rapacious, highly intelligent creature who has inadvertently
found its way from its native India into our African eco-system
where it is a vicious, voracious, killer; with no natural
enemies and an ability to dominate all!
Concerned Observers agree that within our lifetime this bird
will pollute our cities in the millions, living intimately off
our filth and leaving us totally denuded of natural creatures.
The Indian Crow is highly intelligent.
Stories of their unpicking intricate mazes using twig tools
to get food are legion.
Point a stick at them gun-style and they will knowingly shy
Traditional crow-traps only work until the Crow associates
them with danger and thereafter cleverly avoids being caught.
Strong family bonds mean they will readily mob together and
defend against any attacker.
Once they invade an area, they dominate completely; any and
all opposition are killed or chased far away.
Witness up to ten crows harassing a Fish Eagle in mid-flight,
the delicate hunting Eagle cannot afford even the most cursory
injury so will take evasive escape action, never to return.
To try and at least lower the sheer numbers of Crows; last
year a program was started near Vipingo outside Mombasa where
young men were paid to destroy Crow eggs for cash reward.
Over 8,500 Crow eggs were smashed in 5 months.
Astoundingly the vacuum created by destroyed eggs was rapidly
filled, whole family groups of Crows from other areas simply
Similarly, an evolution is taking place:
Crows in this Vipingo area, stressed from persecution, are
breeding younger and younger, they now nest up to three times
per year and six eggs in a nest is not unusual.
Think: One bird breeding three times per year x six eggs
produces 18 more crows every year.
What can be done to at least curb this on-going cataclysm;
when it is unsure even which Kenya Authority should take the
Does this apocalyptical threat fall under Kenya Wildlife,
NEMA, Agriculture or even Tourism?
Ironically, there is a fairly simple way to rid us of this
In the early 1990’s a group of concerned volunteers here at
the Coast starting using a poison developed in the USA for
killing off their huge flocks of alien Starling birds (hence the
poison’s name ‘Starlicide’.)
Starlicide kills through rupturing internal organs after
being ingested … and having been digested stomach acids render
the poison inert.
So even if an animal eats a dead poisoned crow it should not
The original Poison Program was a huge success.
Dividing the Coast into areas; trays of finely chopped meat,
sized to fit one beak full, were regularly left to attract
multitudes of ever-hungry Crows.
When enough were regularly gathering, the now poisoned meat
was laid out and strictly monitored.
Careful note was taken of roosting sites and 12 hours later
teams at the roosts collected the bodies which were incinerated.
Estimates are that this 1980’s Program eliminated almost 90
per cent of Kenya Coast Crows… when the Program was abruptly
The reasons for halting at this critical stage are varied but
suffice that no permits to import Starlicide were issued. (...
and yet, today one can buy poison deadly enough to kill lions -
and poison a whole food chain - at any rural chemist or
agriculture products stockiest.)
Efforts here at the Coast to revive the Poison Program are
Authorities, local and national, have already been approached
but it seems the operation has been stalled by the favorite
push-off; "…more study is required."
Ironically Google and elsewhere on the internet have reams of
positive, university level, scientific input on, not only the
Indian House Crow and the crows’ clear and present danger to the
ecology, but also on the merits of Starlicide as a poison.
It is noted that a poison is today being used by Authorities
in the Mweiga rice areas to kill over five million quelea birds.
What is desperately needed is Authority to take decisive
steps and permit the introduction and use of an effective poison
such as Starlicide and, ideally, prevail on some effective
Non-Governmental Organization to assist in the logistics of a
full and sustained elimination of House Crows’ Program.
The Authorities should also ask Juma at Kikambala if he was
right to fear for his infant grandchild… and they should ask
"Has the Horror truly begun?"
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