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FACTS ABOUT RAVENS

Ravens are members of the CORVID genus of birds, which include crows, rooks and jackdaws. GENUS is a scientific category, above SPECIES and below FAMILY.

 

 

The common raven's species name is CORVUS CORAX. Does that name sound familiar to you?

 

 

Ravens are often confused with crows, which are also black. Ravens are larger, they have thicker beaks, black eyes, and black legs. When they fly, their wing feathers splay out like fingers at the tips.

 

 

Common ravens can be found in almost every area of the northern hemisphere from arctic wastes, deserts and shorelines to heavily populated cities.

 

 

Ravens eat many kinds of food. They do not drink, but get liquid from their food. In addition to eggs, grain, rodents and bugs, they will eat roadkill or an animal killed by other predators. They also store food away for later in hiding places.

 

 

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For more information about ravens, I can recommend two excellent books by the biologist, Bernd Heinrich:

 

     RAVENS IN WINTER; and

 

     MIND OF THE RAVEN:

     INVESTIGATIONS AND ADVENTURES

     WITH WOLF-BIRDS