Animals

Common Raven

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Common Raven

Corvus corax

History

One of the ravens was found wandering around in an East Bay neighborhood with garbage bag twist ties on her legs and clipped wing feathers. She was most likely an illegal pet. In an attempt to make new feathers grow in faster the clipped feathers were all pulled out. This method caused follicle damage that stopped permanent flight feathers from growing in. She was transferred to us in 1998.

The male raven was found attacking children in a school yard. He has no fear of humans and was bullying children to steal their food from them. It is suspected that this bird was also an illegal pet. He was transferred to us in 2000.

Fun Facts

Ravens have the ability to mimic a variety of sounds. Our ravens have learned to mimic words that they have heard from the keepers and some visitors too. When our ravens use human words it is their way of showing territoriality or aggression towards humans.

Birth Date

Unknown

Diet in the Wild

They consume a large variety of plant and animal matter, including carrion.

Diet at the Museum

Soaked dog kibble, fruits, vegetables, Peanut Butter Crumble, mice, rats, chick, quail, rabbit, fish, mealworms, crickets, nuts, and hard boiled egg.

Life Span

In the Wild: 10 to 15 years on average, recorded up to 20+ years.
In Captivity: 40 years on average, but older individuals have been recorded.

Habitat

Found in a variety of habitats from treeless tundra, coastal sea banks, rocky cliffs, mountain forests, desert canyons, and open plains.

Range

All over the world- Greenland and North America, down through Mexico and into Nicaragua, Iceland, Scandinavia, and northern Europe, east through central Asia and down into the Himalayas and India, and northwest Africa.

Conservation Status:

No special status. Ravens have been killed for damage done to crops. The Migratory Bird Treaty was amended in 1972 to include corvids, thus giving federal protection to these species.