Common Raven

The Common Raven is a medium-to large-sized bird that is covered in completely black feathers. The Common Raven is often mistaken for the American crow. They are distinguishable from crows by their larger size, heavy bill, grizzled looking feathers and rounded tail. These birds are members of the corvid family that includes the American Crow, Magpies, and Jays. The corvid family's distinguishing factor is incredibly high intelligence.
SCIENTIFIC NAME
Corvus corax
CLASSIFICATION
Bird
LIFE SPAN
10-15 Years
SIZE
22-27 ” | 1.5-3.6 lbs
STATE CONSERVATION STATUS
  • Unprotected
FEDERAL CONSERVATION STATUS
Least Concern
GAME STATUS
Non-Game
GAME TYPE
None
  1. Washoe
  2. Humboldt
  3. Pershing
  4. Churchill
  5. Mineral
  6. Lyon
  7. Douglas
  8. Carson City
  9. Storey
  1. Elko
  2. Lander
  3. Eureka
  4. White Pine
  1. Esmeralda
  2. Nye
  3. Lincoln
  4. Clark

Habitat & Range

Common Ravens are highly adaptable and are found throughout Nevada in almost any habitat. They are very well adapted to developed landscapes as well. Evidence suggests they have expanded their range and abundance due to human activities.

  • Cold desert shrubland and sagebrush
  • Developed Landscapes
  • Upland Forests

Threats

  • Disease

Natural History

Common Ravens will eat almost anything from small mammals to nesting birds, baby tortoises, nest eggs, and berries. They have also been known to eat carrion, scavenge from other predators, or visit human landfills. They do well around human habitations including farms, rural settlements and isolated houses. They will build their nests on cliffs, in trees, and on structures such as power-line towers, telephone poles, billboards, and bridges. Common Ravens are exceptionally intelligent and will work together to solve problems. They also have a fantastic memory, remembering facial features and locations cnad sharing this information with their flocks.

Fun Facts

Ravens have been known to mimic the sounds of human voices, car honks and engines, even other bird calls! They can even use body language and gestures to communicate with one another.