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    Ravens are adorable black birds, that are omnivores and have an average lifespan of 13 years. They are sometimes mistaken for crows but they are not the same.

(Crow is on the left. Raven on the right.)

    Ravens differ from crows in appearance by their larger bill, tail shape, flight pattern, and by their large size. Ravens are as big as red-tailed hawks and crows are about the size of pigeons.

    Ravens are uncommon in populated urban areas. If you see a "really big crow" in the city, the chances are good that it really is a crow and not a raven.

    Common ravens have a well-developed ruff of feathers on the throat, which are called 'hackles' .

    Ravens soar more than crows. If you see a "crow" soaring for more than a few seconds, take another look - it might be a raven. Common Ravens can do a somersault in flight and even fly upside down. Ravens are longer necked in flight than crows.

    Raven wings are shaped differently than are crow wings, with longer primaries ("fingers") with more slotting between them.
Ravens have wedge-shaped tails and crows have fan-shaped tails.


    Their wingspans can be an average of 3.8 - 4.7 ft, and when in groups they are called a ‘flock’.

    Common ravens are actually rather remarkable animals. These sleek, black birds are excellent and acrobatic fliers on par with falcons and hawks. Such aerial skills are on display during breeding season when exciting mating rituals include an elaborate dance of chases, dives, and rolls.


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