Raven

Corvus corax

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  • Raven |  Photo: Michael Quinn, NPS
  • Raven |  Photo: Michael Quinn, NPS
  • Raven |  Photo: Michael Quinn, NPS
  • Raven |  Photo: Michael Quinn, NPS
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Basic Information

Other names

Common Raven

Order

Passeriformes

Family

Corvidae

Size

Ravens are generally between 21.75 and 27.25 inches in length.

Lifespan

up to 13 years

Weight

Raven (Corvus corax) facts, habitat, range, raven pictures and bird watching tips to help you identify the song bird.

Diet

Omnivore

Behavior

Ground Forager

Range

Western N.A. - Northern N.A. and the Northern Appalachians

Nest Placement

Cliff

Number of Offspring

4–7 Eggs

Egg Description

Pale Green with brown spots

Condition at Hatching

Feeble, naked, patchy down, eyes closed, clumsy

Social Status

Solitary, Pairs, Small Flocks

Wingspan

45.5–46.75 in

Observation Tips

Ravens are common along trails running through thick forests and along shrubby open forests.

What does the Raven look like?

Ravens are large songbirds. They are completely jet black, including the legs, eyes and impressively large beak. Long black “finger” feathers in flight easily distinguish them.

Raven Habitat

Mountains

Raven Facts

Ravens are cunning, graceful and incredibly smart. These large blackbirds thrive amongst humans, and are often spotted devouring road-kill. Their flight is methodical with slow flaps. They can also mimic the sounds of other songbirds, but are most famous for their croak and gargling call. Breeding pairs protect their territory from other songbirds and other Ravens.

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