Cat vs. Hawk – The Standoff

This hungry hawk appears to be chewing on its latest kill on a suburban front lawn when a house cat on the prowl takes notice.

A large bird of prey like this one could easily take out a cat this size — and often do. However, a cat like this is probably no stranger to hunting birds and small mammals, so it thinks it has a good chance. This intense stand-off could go either way.

The bird of prey is a red-tailed hawk. Birds of this species are known to attack prey weighing double their size, and also prey on marmots, white-tailed jackrabbits, small wild turkey, domestic dogs, and domestic cats such as the one we see in the video.

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Domestic cats, however, are known to develop strong hunting skills akin to their wild relatives, given enough time outdoors. The cat in this video could possibly be a feral cat, who has lived outside long enough to develop hunting skills analogous to a wild cat.

While a feral cat can be an apex predator, it more than often has to contend with larger, stronger predators such as feral dogs, dingoes, coyotes, wolves, bears, cougars, leopards, lynx, hyenas, fishers, crocodiles, snakes, foxes, and birds of prey like the raptor in this video.