Common Raven

Scientific Name: Corvus corax

Habiatat: The Common Raven can be found in a variety of habitats. Common Ravens live in  coniferous and deciduous forests, grasslands, sage brush, mountains, and farms.

Range: Common Ravens can be found in the western half of the U.S. and Mexico, and in almost all of Canada year round. They live throughout Washington all year.

Diet: Common Ravens are omnivores, and they aren’t picky. They eat carrion as big as cows, and eat rodents as small as mice. Common Ravens eat baby tortoises, adult Rock Doves, eggs, Great Blue Heron nestlings, grasshoppers, beetles, rabbits, and fish. Common Ravens eat mostly meat, but they also eat some berries, grains, and buds.

Sound: The Common Raven’s call is a loud, croaking, caw! caw! caw!. Common Ravens sound a lot like crows, but have a deeper and less nasal call.

Nesting: Common Ravens mate when they are 2 to 4 years old. They usually place their nests on bridges, power poles, or other buildings. Females do most of the building. The nest is made of sticks and twigs woven together, and it is sometimes lined with sheep wool, fur, and bark strips. Common Ravens lay 3 to 7 eggs and incubate them for 20 to 25 days.

Behavior:Common Ravens usually travel by themselves or in pairs, although they may gather in large groups at carcasses or other large food sources. If one raven finds a lot of food it will cache some and eat it later.

Description/field marks: The Common Raven is a big bird. It has a wingspan of about 46 inches, and is 22 to 27 inches long. They are black all over and look a lot like crows. Ravens have heavier bills than crows, and Ravens are much bigger. Common Ravens also have scruffy neck feathers, and crows do not.

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