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Common Raven


This animal is not on exhibit in the habitats. It is one of our Animal Ambassadors and is used in public and school programs.

Latin Name

Corvus corax

History at CuriOdyssey

Our raven was found wandering around in an East Bay neighborhood with garbage bag twist ties on his legs and clipped wing feathers. He 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. He was transferred to us in 1998.

Fun Facts about Ravens

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.

What do Ravens eat?

Ravens consume a large variety of plant and animal matter, including carrion. At CuriOdyssey, our raven is served soaked dog kibble, fruits, vegetables, Peanut Butter Crumble, mice, rats, chick, quail, rabbit, fish, mealworms, crickets, nuts, and hard boiled egg.

How long do Ravens live?

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.

Where do Ravens live?

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

Are Common Ravens endangered?

No special wildlife conservation 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.

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Your contribution helps provide my food, toys, and medical care. I’ll stay at the museum, and you’ll get a photo of me and a certificate as reminders of your generosity. Check out our adoption section and see all of our adoption levels.


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San Mateo, CA 94401

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