Common Raven

photo by Phil Swanson

Corvus corax
L 24″ (61 cm).

Song or calls:
Listen (NGPC audio)

Hoarse, croaking “kraaak;” a hollow, knocking sound; and a melodious “kloo-klok.”

Description: Sexes similar. Large. Black overall; long, heavy bill; long, wedge-shaped tail. Thicker, shaggier throat feathers than Chihuahuan Raven.

Behavior: Alternately flaps and soars like a hawk.

Habitat: Open plains, rimrock, and forests.

Where in Nebraska: Accidental. Previously occured and probably bred in western Nebraska, but extirpated by 1900. Recent sightings in Scotts Bluff, Adams, and Douglas Counties.

Fun Facts: A very smart bird, it has the “intelligence” and “insight” to match at least that of a dog. In some cultures the raven has been revered as a spiritual figure or God.

Common Raven - photo by Phil Swanson
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