Common Raven

Corvus corax

Summary 5

The Common Raven (Corvus corax), is a large, all-black passerine bird.

Similar SpeciesAmerican Crow smaller than Common Ravens and have narrower bills and square tails in flight.

Brewer's Blackbird are much smaller than Common Ravens and have a yellow eye.

Where on Campus? 6

There is what appears to be a mated pair that uses the campus as a foraging ground. They can be seen at all times of years, especially on the west side of campus near the PSME Division and in the conifers that line parking lot 8. In the Spring, they bring their young to campus to show them foraging opportunities.

Habitat 6

Common Ravens can be found in a wide variety of habitats including open fields, deserts, forests, grasslands, farm fields, parks and in some cities.

Life History 6

NestingCommon ravens are monogamous and mated pairs maintain a territory year round. Females are the primary nest builders and they use large sticks to build a platform nest in trees, cliffs or power-line towers.
FeedingCommon Ravens eat anything they can catch or find.

Distribution 6

Common Ravens are a holarctic species and are found throughout the Northern Hemisphere.

Migration 6

Common Ravens are residents

Sources and Credits

  1. (c) Anita Gould, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), http://www.flickr.com/photos/61897811@N00/2056438076
  2. (c) Magdy Mohamed Salem, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), http://eol.org/data_objects/16894193
  3. Magdy Mohamed Salem, no known copyright restrictions (public domain), http://eol.org/data_objects/16894204
  4. (c) Magdy Mohamed Salem, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), http://eol.org/data_objects/16894211
  5. Adapted by gillian360 from a work by (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corvus_corax
  6. (c) gillian360, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)

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