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Kidadl Team

AUGUST 05, 2021

Did You Know? 17 Incredible Raven Facts

Here are common raven facts for kids about these black birds.

Have you ever wondered about the life of a raven?  The common raven is a large passerine bird that belongs to the family of crow. Even though common ravens are always associated with bad luck and death, a raven is a multifaceted bird that has some abilities that others are not aware of. Common ravens usually make croaking sounds to communicate with others, but they do possess a wide range of variations in common raven call.

Here are some fun and fascinating facts on common raven which will make you more curious about them. After reading about Raven bird facts, you may also look at these Australian Raven facts and hooded crow facts.

Raven Interesting Facts

What type of animal is a raven?

Common raven, northern raven or western raven is a passerine bird that is widely spread from the crow’s family. It is widely spread across the northern hemisphere and is one of the heaviest among passeriformes. They are extremely smart birds. They are naturally adapted to live in any surroundings. Ravens are often portrayed in mythology and art.

What class of animal does a raven belong to?

Raven is a large passerine bird that belongs to the corvidae family under the class of aves. It comes under the passeriformes order and its scientific name is Corvus corax. They are widely spread across the Northern Hemisphere. It is black in color and is one of the heaviest among passerines.  It has around eight subspecies.

How many ravens are there in the world?

Ravens are very common and seen in many parts of the world. The global estimate of the total number of species is around 8.7 million which is not very accurate. The population of these black birds has increased by over 700 times in the last four decades.

Where does a raven live?

A raven has the ability to adapt from the hottest to the coldest place. It is widely spread across the Northern Hemisphere. They can live in tundra above the Arctic circle to the desert areas of the southwest.  They are found in the temperate habitat of North America and Eurasia and the hot deserts of Africa. They are also seen in Wales, Scotland, and west of Ireland.

What is a raven's habitat?

Ravens live in open lands, forests, tundras, deserts, towns, and cities. They are widely spread across the Northern hemisphere. They can adapt to any surroundings, ranging from hot desert areas of the southwest to the Holarctic from the Arctic circle.

Who do ravens live with?

Ravens usually prefer to live in pairs as well as in groups. They usually travel with their mating partner. Sometimes they fly together in groups too.

How long does a raven live?

Ravens live around 15-22 years in the wild. It may vary according to the surroundings.

How do they reproduce?

The breeding season for common raven species starts in February and extends to May. Male and female  ravens, together, build the nest during the breeding season. After the pairs have been formed and the mating process has been completed, raven females lay around 3-7 greenish eggs and they are incubated by females for about 18-21 days, after which young ravens are born. During the period of incubation, males look after the female by bringing food. Young ravens are ready to leave the nest after 5-6 weeks.

What is their conservation status?

Common ravens are under the least concern status. These animals do not face any threats and are seen in large numbers across the habitats. Hence these wild birds do not face any extinction at all.

Raven Fun Facts

What do ravens look like?

A common raven is a large-sized passerine bird that belongs to the crow family. It is the heaviest passerine bird whose bills are slightly larger and have a thick neck with shaggy feathers. These birds are entirely black in color. Ravens have large feet and their tails are long and wedge shaped. The neck feathers are blackish brown in color. Ravens have a dark brown iris and black glossy or iridescent plumage.

A black raven size is bigger than that of a crow.

How cute are they?

Ravens are smarter and more intelligent than average birds and are playful in nature. These birds are scavengers and have problem solving skills.  Hence, these birds can be called smart rather than cute.

How do they communicate?

Ravens are extremely intelligent birds. These wild birds communicate with each other through gestures and calls. This species makes gestures with beaks and wings just like humans use hand gestures. This is their way of social signal. Raven sounds comprise deep croaking vocals for communication.

How big is a raven?

Raven is a large sized bird and has a length of 22-30 in. It is 10 times bigger than a hummingbird.

How fast can a raven fly?

Raven wings are quite powerful allowing the raven bird to cover impressive distances of up to 100 miles in a day. While their average speed has been pegged at around 25 miles per hour but the top speed can extend up to 48 mph (77 kph).

How much does a raven weigh?

On an average scale, an adult raven weighs around 1.5-4.4 lb (680-1995 g) which may vary according to the surroundings.

What are their male and female names of the species?

As raven is a passerine bird, its species is Corvus corax.  Both the male and female Raven do not have any particular name and are known as male raven and female raven respectively.

What would you call a baby raven?

A baby raven is called a chick or hatchling.

What do they eat?

Ravens are omnivores; these birds eat both flesh and plants. Their diet depends on their place of living and can even comprise exclusively of garbage. Their diet includes insects, berries, fruits, food waste, and carrions. These wild birds are scavengers. This species eats human waste and leftovers from the garbage. Their main predators are golden eagles, red-tailed hawks, and goshawks.

Are they dangerous?

Common raven birds attack others if they sense danger. These wild birds can attack a human if they tend to go near their nests.

Would they make a good pet?

Ravens are migratory birds and it's illegal to keep them as pets. So, before you think about getting a pet raven, check with your local authorities.

Did you know...

Ravens have the ability to imitate speech. They can imitate the speech of humans, foxes, and wolves and can learn better than parrots.

Ravens show empathy to each other. Common ravens know how to console their friend when their mate is lost.

Is a crow a raven?

No, when you compare crow vs raven, you will realize that crows and ravens are different from each other. After a detailed study of raven vs crow, it is easy to understand that ravens are larger in size compared to crows. The shape of the crow's tail is fan shaped whereas the raven's tail is wedge shaped. Their flight patterns are also different.

As a matter of fact, rook and raven, both are different from crows and are more playful in terms of behavior.

What does a raven symbolizes?

Ravens are associated with Apollo, the God of prophecy in Greek mythology. Raven symbolism is that of bad luck and they are mostly associated with death. One of the most famous writers in English literature, Edgar Allan Poe, has written a poem called ‘The Raven’, which symbolizes raven as the loss and grief of the narrator.

But this is not the case with albino raven as it indicates cleansing, purification, and healing. Native Americans honored these intelligent birds.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly animal facts for everyone to discover! For more relatable content, check out these tawny eagle facts, and swan facts.

You can even occupy yourself at home by drawing one on our ravens coloring pages.

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