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Common Raven

Common Raven

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Scientific Name:

Corvus corax


Europe, northern Africa, Asia ,Greenland, Iceland, N. America, Australia


Οpportunistic scavenger (mainly carnivore). Eats carrion, small vertebrates (mammals, reptiles, newborn mammals), insects, human waste


Habitat: upland areas, woodland, coastal cliffs, wooded lowlands, tundra.


Incubation: 18-21 days, 3-7 eggs

Social structure: at young age they can be found in large groups, later only solitary or in pairs

Weight: 585-2000g

Dimensions: length: 54-60 cm, wingspan: 95-120cm

Estimated population in the wild: >16.000.000, increasing

Lifespan: in the wild: 13 years, under human care: 44 years

Threats: predators: birds of prey, coyotes, great horned owls, collisions with overhead cables, persecution by farmers and gamekeepers.

IUCN Status: Least Concern

Did you know that:

  1. Ravens are really intelligent and rate up with chimpanzees and dolphins.
  2. They can imitate the human voice but also many other sounds.
  3. Ravens in many cultures were thought either bad spirits or messengers from the Gods. 
  4. They have the intelligence and problem solving abilities of a 7 year old child.
  5. They create food storages by leaving food in separate places, but in other cases  they only pretend to leave food , especially when they realize they are being watched .

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