Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Common Raven Corvus corax

Common Raven Corvus corax Large, imposing, and entirely black, the Common Raven is often seen soaring and gliding in mountainous country. It frequently flies over roads and highways, looking for carrion, although it is omnivorous and an opportunistic feeder. In flight ravens can be distinguished from the related American Crow by their longer wings and long, wedge-shaped or rounded tail; a crow's tail in flight looks squared.

Identification 21'/a-27". Large and stocky; all-black with heavy black bill; neck feathers shaggy. Rounded wings and wedge-shaped tail visible in flight.

Voice A low, hoarse, croaking crock or kraaak.

Common Raven Corvus corax Habitat Mountains, deserts, beaches, forests, and Arctic tundra.

Range Alaska and Canadian Arctic to Newfoundland, south through British Columbia and W. Alberta to S. California and W. Texas; in East, south to Great Lakes region and N. New England, and in Appalachians.

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