Raven vs Crow: How to Tell the Difference a Definitive Guide (2022)

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When you hear a croak from a black bird perching on a nearby tree, can you tell whether it’s from a raven or crow?

Can you recognize a crow and a raven when they’re cruising and dancing in the wind?

These birds are closely related since they both belong to the Genus Corvus species.

And they look alike, which is why they are often misidentified and used interchangeably.

But how can you tell them apart?

Today, we’ll reveal 13 tips on how you can distinguish a raven from a crow when they’re:

  • in flight
  • sitting near you
  • and calling their fellow ravens and crows

Whether you’re someone who lives in a place where they overlap or just someone passionate and deeply interested in these birds, you’ll enjoy this definitive guide.

We’ve got many tricks to share with you, but before that, let’s get into the definition of the raven and crow first to avoid confusion.

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What is a Crow?

A crow(see photo above) is a brilliant glossy bird with black plumage. You can find them in many places around the world.

They’re intelligent creatures who can learn to count aloud up to seven. Some crows can even memorize 100 words and 50 complete sentences.

Others can emulate their owner’s voices to call dogs, while others are inventive pranksters and thieves who steal unattended objects.

Common crow species include American and Carrion crow.

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What is a Raven?

On the other hand, a raven is a large all-black passerine bird usually found across the Northern Hemisphere.

Ravens are among the hardiest birds which nestle in the northern tundra, boreal forests, and barren mountain and desserts.

These birds used to be a symbol of death, pestilence, and disease.

But their keen-sightedness, clever and fearless nature has won the hearts of some people.

They’re the largest of all the passerines or perching birds and a well-known acrobatic flyer.

But how can you differentiate a raven and a crow?

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Raven vs Crow: 13 Tips on How to Distinguish From the Two

Here are some tips to help you tell a raven from a crow when they’re perching on a tree or somewhere near you.

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Tips Based on A Raven or Crow’s Physical Appearance

There are subtle differences in terms of their appearance, and looking out for these when they’re somewhere near you can help you differentiate them.

Tip #1. Measure them up!

Size is one of the easiest ways to determine which is which.

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It’s beneficial if you’re in an area where American crows and common ravens both exist.

Ravens are often as big as red-tailed hawks, which means that they are more significant than crows.

They measure about 66cm (26 inches) in length, and they weigh around 689 to 1625g (1.5 to 3.5) pounds.

On the other end, crows have an average length of 0.5 meters or 20 inches.

And their mass ranges from 316 to 575g(11-20 oz).

But since there are diminutive ravens and big crows, size doesn’t always offer a reliable hint.

But here’s another tip to distinguish them.

Tip #2. Watch them spread their wings

When in flight, ravens love to do acrobatics and soar.

They can easily catch the thermals and ride them into the sky.

Ravens dive by folding their wings and taking a drop upside-down, sometimes for hundreds of feet.

They also love flying in loops and interlocking talons with another raven when in flight.

Both male and female ravens can do it.

They dive after one another, but sometimes they dive in unison.

Crows, on the other hand, flap more and do not dive.

Wingspan of ravens and crows

Common ravens have a 3.5 to 4 feet wingspan, while crows’ wingspan is around 2.5 feet.

Wingbeat of ravens and crows

When a raven flies overhead, you’ll hear a prominent “swish, swish” sound produced by its wings, while crows usually have a silent wingbeat.

Tip #3. Take a glimpse of their tail

The tails also hint whether the black-feathered bird in flight is a raven or a crow.

A raven’s tail appears wedge-shaped or diamond-shaped when opened with slightly pointed feather tips.

On the other hand, the crow’s tails have more squared-off feather tips, so it looks like a fan when opened in flight.

Tip #4. Look at the feathers and throat

Ravens have highly glossy feathers with iridescent greens, blues and purples, and oily, wet sheen.

Crows’ feathers also have iridescent shades of blue and purple, but they don’t shine as much as the raven’s feathers.

Additionally, the raven’s throat feathers have well-developed ruff called hackles, while the crow’s throat has smooth feathers.

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Tip #5. Take a closer look at their beaks

A raven’s beak is thicker, curvier, more cylindrical, pointy, and heavier than that of a crow.

To be precise, it’s thick from the top, but it closes down at the tip.

American crows typically possess smaller, slimmer, and straighter beaks.

Therefore, it’s more delicate than a raven’s.

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Aside from the noticeable difference in their beaks, ravens also have a longer neck in flight, and their throat looks broader because of the fuzzy hairs on it.

Geographic or habitat differences of a Raven and a Crow

These black predators have different territories and preferences for their homes.

So, let’s dive at it to see whether the one living in your area is a raven or a crow.

Tip #6. Observe their habitats or territories

You can find ravens anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere, excluding the eastern forests and wide-open Great Plains.

They usually live in:

  • grasslands
  • forests
  • islands
  • beaches
  • sagebrush
  • deserts
  • mountains
  • tundra
  • ice floes
  • agricultural fields
  • campgrounds
  • highways
  • roads
  • transfer stations

They also take advantage of isolated houses, farms, and small rural towns.

On the other hand, American crows prefer urban areas or places to put up their nest.

Their preference is a combination of the following:

  • open feeding areas
  • forest edges
  • scattered trees
  • rural and agricultural areas( near to human settlements)
  • cities
  • suburbs
  • golf courses

They’re widely spread in most American states except the southwestern part of the country.

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Songs and Sounds of Ravens and Crows

Like other species, ravens and crows communicate through a call, and their vocal differences hint about their species.

Tip #7. Listen to their voices

A raven’s call is usually a deep, hollow, and slow croak that sounds like “crosssk,” “cr-ruck,” “tok,” and “wonk-wonk.”

Its voice is often coarser than that of a crow.

Crows, on the other hand, often caw or awk. This call is often vocalized multiple times like this- “caw caw caw.” It’s more evenly pitched compared with the ravens.

But they can both mimic other sounds such as rattles, knocks, clicks, and coos.

Another tip to distinguish crows from ravens is that a crow makes a call, the other crows join in.

On the contrary, ravens usually produce a croaking sound alone.

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Behavioral Differences of a Raven and a Crow

Aside from their outward differences, ravens and crows also have different habits and traits.

Taking time to see observe these behaviors can also help you distinguish them from one another.

Tip #8. Take note of the raven and a crow’s nesting habits

American crows roost at large groups in deciduous and coniferous trees during the non-breeding season(November to March).

They’re defenseless at night, so gathering together in large flocks and in a spot where they can have a good shelter and visibility is crucial.

They prefer cities since there are fewer predators in populated, residential areas.

On the other end of the spectrum, ravens usually roost on cliff ledges or large trees.

A raven’s nest usually looks like a cup, and it’s crafted from twigs.

Female ravens usually lay 3 to 7 in a nest and incubate for about 18 days.

Both the female and male ravens share the responsibility of taking care of their young ones.

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And when they reach 5 to 7 weeks of age, their young may leave the nest and disperse.

But others may opt to stay in the place where they were born.

Tip #9. Do a bit of research if they migrate

The American crows are partially migratory species which means some of them to migrate while others don’t.

Some of the well-known migratory crows are those living in central Canada during the summer breeding season.

They travel from the south to the interior United States to escape the trying weather and find food.

Ravens, on the other hand, are residents in their usual location.

Tip #10. Observe their breeding behaviors and strategies

Crows are cooperative breeders while ravens aren’t.

Cooperative breeding is the reproductive strategy characterized by alloparental care.

It means that the offspring can receive care from their parents and other members of the flocks, called helpers.

Tip #11. Watch them while cruising the air

Ravens spend more time soaring in the sky as they search for their favorite prey- the carrions.

Carrions have unpredictable location and availability, so it would take some time for ravens to find them.

They also like to show off their barrel roll moves to advertise their territory.

So, if you spot a blackbird barrel rolling or diving the thermals for a long time, chances are they are ravens, not crows.

Tip # 12. Notice their interactions

The crows and ravens are often hostile to one another.

But if you expect ravens to be the primary attacker, well, that’s not the case.

Crows are often more aggressive, but ravens tend to lay waste to crow’s nest if there’s a chance.

Additional tip #13: Know their Lifespan

Mighty ravens have a longer lifespan than crows.

They can live up to 10 to 15 years, while a crow’s life can be anywhere between 7 to 8 years.

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Similarities of Ravens and Crows

As mentioned earlier, ravens and crows come from the same family.

Therefore, it’s not surprising that they share similar behaviors and characteristics, which includes the following:

Both are opportunistic omnivores

These clever predators are both omnivores which means that they both feed on plants and meat.

Crows enjoy eating meat, and they tend to attack and kill young and weak animals.

They also feed on insects, berries, carrions, and other birds’ eggs.

They also work with other crows to steal food from animals like otters, vultures, and water birds.

Ravens also use the same cooperative technique in hunting, and they also prey on eggs and other birds’ nestling.

Rodents, grains, insects, and worms are also one of the common raven’s target preys.

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Both crows and ravens are scavengers, and they sometimes dine on human garbage.

Ravens and crows are both clever and intelligent as they can both recognize human faces.

Additionally, they know how clever strategies to get things done, like throwing nuts into the ground to open them.

They’re incredibly smart

Another indicator of their intelligence is their ability to communicate with other crows and ravens through call.

Their messages can either be a warning, a threat, or a cheer to other birds, depending on how it sounds.

According to researchers, ravens have over 20 distinct patterns, while crows can produce about 250 sounds.

Both crows and ravens are highly sociable.

These species are both friendly, but ravens are usually more playful, and they find doing acrobatic displays fun and enjoyable.

The law protects both ravens and crows.

The Migratory Bird Treaty Act protects both ravens and crows in the US.

The law states that you can’t kill, possess, sell, barter, purchase, transport, or export these species, their eggs, nests, or any part of them unless you adhere to the terms of a valid Federal permit.

This law helps prevent ordinary people from keeping ravens and crows as pets.

If a person finds and rescues a crow, they have to turn it over to a licensed professional.

The law also prohibits the hunting of ravens under any circumstances.

However, the states can designate a regulated hunting season for crows but with some restrictions.

Furthermore, you can kill a crow without a license under the 50 CFR 21.43 of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act outside the regulated hunting season if:

  • you caught it depredating any crop or endangered species, or it becomes destructive
  • and you’re going to report it to the Fish and Wildlife to ensure you’re following the law.

However, this depredation exception does not cover the ravens.

Raven vs Crow: Summary

Whether a raven and a crow are in flight, perching on a tree, or sitting right beside you, identifying them is possible since these breeds have differences that set them apart.

Ravens are usually larger; their beaks are thicker and curvier, their black plumage is shinier, their tail is wedge-shaped, and they live longer than crows.

On the contrary, crows have smaller lengths and wingspans; their feathers are less shiny, their tail is fan-shaped, and they have a shorter lifespan.

And remember the sound Gronk-Gronk is the iconic call produced by a raven.

Crows’ call, on the other hand, sounds like craw-craw.

However, it’s worth noting that there are also myriads of raven and crow species.

So the indicators mentioned above may vary depending on each species.

But what’s clear is both these birds may attack your coop and kill your tiny and weak chicks.

So, how can you protect your chickens from these powerful predators?

Check out the article below to know how.

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FAQs

How can you tell the difference between a crow and a raven? ›

Ravens have bigger, curvier beaks relative to crows. While both species have bristles at the base of the beak, the raven's are noticeably longer. Its throat feathers are also quite shaggy. Common Ravens are much less common than American Crows in the Eastern United States.

What is bigger crow or raven? ›

Even the smallest raven, the Chihuahuan raven, is slightly bigger than most crows. There are other differences, too, such as the thicker, more heavyset bills of the raven compared to the slimmer bill of the crow. Ravens are also generally less social than crows and have longer, thicker-looking feathers.

How do you tell the difference between a crow? ›

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Who would win in a fight between a crow and a raven? ›

If that were the case, a raven would beat a crow probably 99 times out of 100," he said. “These aggressive, antagonistic interactions are usually more low-grade, and in this case it's the smaller crows that get together and just constantly chase and harass and pester ravens.”

What is the IQ of a crow? ›

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What is a flock of ravens called? ›

Behind the Conspiracy

Many birds are described with delightful or noble collective nouns such as a “charm of finches” or a “parliament of owls,” but a group of ravens is called a conspiracy.

What are 3 crows called? ›

The most popular of these is known as a murder, but a group of crows can also be called a horde, mob, muster, or parcel. While we know two or three birds don't constitute a flock, there is no set number of birds needed to call a group a flock, and it often depends on their social behavior (2).

Which bird is smarter raven or crow? ›

Both of these birds are extremely intelligent (though ravens seem a bit smarter than crows) and are quite playful. Ravens have at least 7 different calls and can imitate the calls of other birds (geese, jays, crows). They also use stunt flying to attract mates (barrel-rolling, flying upside-down, and somersaults).

What is a group of crows called? ›

A group of crows is called a “murder.” There are several different explanations for the origin of this term, mostly based on old folk tales and superstitions. For instance, there is a folktale that crows will gather and decide the capital fate of another crow.

What's the difference between a raven and a crow and a blackbird? ›

Ravens are the biggest of the three species. All are glossy black, though crows give off a violet hue and Rusty Blackbirds reflect blue-green to green. All three species have different shapes in their wings, bills, and tails.

Can crows and ravens mate? ›

Yes. In 1990, a wild American crow and a single raven successfully mated with each other in Toronto, Canada. The birds built a nest together and even fostered three little ones! The hybrid babies were larger than crow babies (more raven-sized), and their tails also had the wedge shape that ravens have.

Do crows or ravens have black beaks? ›

Appearance: the key distinguishing feature of a raven Corvus corax is its huge size! Their wingspan is 120-150cm – much larger than crows. They have thick necks with shaggy throat feathers and a thick, black bill.

What does it mean when a raven visits you? ›

Since many cultures associate black with evil and darkness, it makes sense that these birds are considered unholy and ominous. In many communities, the sight of a raven is considered to bring the news of someone's death.

What does it mean when you see a raven? ›

The Spiritual Significance of Crows and Ravens

"To many, ravens symbolize death or bad fortune to come, but to others they symbolize rebirth and starting anew, serving as a positive sign," says Dr. Kim. In Norse, Celtic, and Druid mythology, crows and ravens are widely viewed as beacons of intelligence.

What does it mean when you see a crow? ›

Crows appear to alert you to the presence of spiritual shifts taking place around you and to remind you to pay close attention to the spiritual signs that are being conveyed to guide you in the right direction. They are symbols of change, phases, telepathic powers, and the ability to see into the realms of the unseen.

Do crows or ravens have black beaks? ›

Appearance: the key distinguishing feature of a raven Corvus corax is its huge size! Their wingspan is 120-150cm – much larger than crows. They have thick necks with shaggy throat feathers and a thick, black bill.

by Erin Marissa Russell Ready to explore the similarities and differences between grackles versus crows versus ravens? These black birds are often mistaken for one another, because visually they are quite similar. But you can learn a few tricks to help you tell the difference between grackles, crows, and ravens. We’ll explain how to differentiate […]

A crow’s tail spreads out like a fan (so will a grackle’s), but a raven has longer feathers in the middle of their tail that make it wedge-shaped.. Grackles are smaller than either crows or ravens.. You can tell great-tailed grackles and boat-tailed grackles apart because great-tailed grackles have flat heads while boat-tailed grackles have round heads.. The territory of boat-tailed grackles includes Florida and the eastern and southern coasts of the U.S. As with common grackles, the female boat-tailed grackle is smaller with dull brown feathers as opposed to the male’s shiny, iridescent black plumage.. While grackles have straight beaks, both ravens and crows have curved beaks.. A raven’s throat feathers are also longer and shaggier than those of a crow or a grackle, though crows have a bit of shagginess on the throat as well.. Beak : The grackle has a flat beak, while both crow and raven have larger hook-shaped beaks.. A raven and a crow will both barrel roll on occasion, though a crow does it less frequently than a raven does.

This definitive guide will help you determine whether the black-feathered bird overhead is a raven or crow. We got 13 helpful tips for you!

When you hear a croak from a black bird perching on a nearby tree, can you tell whether it’s from a raven or crow?. Today, we’ll reveal 13 tips on how you can distinguish a raven from a crow when they’re:. But how can you differentiate a raven and a crow?. Here are some tips to help you tell a raven from a crow when they’re perching on a tree or somewhere near you.. Wingspan of ravens and crows Common ravens have a 3.5 to 4 feet wingspan, while crows’ wingspan is around 2.5 feet.. Wingbeat of ravens and crows When a raven flies overhead, you’ll hear a prominent “swish, swish” sound produced by its wings, while crows usually have a silent wingbeat.. So, let’s dive at it to see whether the one living in your area is a raven or a crow.. Like other species, ravens and crows communicate through a call, and their vocal differences hint about their species.. Another tip to distinguish crows from ravens is that a crow makes a call, the other crows join in.. Take note of the raven and a crow’s nesting habits American crows roost at large groups in deciduous and coniferous trees during the non-breeding season(November to March).. Crows are often more aggressive, but ravens tend to lay waste to crow’s nest if there’s a chance.. Additional tip #13: Know their Lifespan Mighty ravens have a longer lifespan than crows.. The law protects both ravens and crows.. The Migratory Bird Treaty Act protects both ravens and crows in the US.

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Raven vs Crow: 13 Tips on How to Distinguish From the Two Tips Based on A Raven or Crow’s Physical Appearance Geographic or habitat differences of a Raven and a Crow Songs and Sounds of Ravens and Crows Behavioral Differences of a Raven and a Crow. Similarities of Ravens and Crows Raven vs Crow: Summary READ NEXT: 21 Tips: Keeping Your Chickens Safe From Predators. Today, we’ll reveal 13 tips on how you can distinguish a raven from a crow when they’re:. But how can you differentiate a raven and a crow?. Here are some tips to help you tell a raven from a crow when they’re perching on a tree or somewhere near you.. Wingspan of ravens and crows Common ravens have a 3.5 to 4 feet wingspan, while crows’ wingspan is around 2.5 feet.. Wingbeat of ravens and crows When a raven flies overhead, you’ll hear a prominent “swish, swish” sound produced by its wings, while crows usually have a silent wingbeat.. Another tip to distinguish crows from ravens is that a crow makes a call, the other crows join in.. Take note of the raven and a crow’s nesting habits American crows roost at large groups in deciduous and coniferous trees during the non-breeding season(November to March).. Crows are often more aggressive, but ravens tend to lay waste to crow’s nest if there’s a chance.. Additional tip #13: Know their Lifespan Mighty ravens have a longer lifespan than crows.. (Video) Raven Spirit Animal Subliminal / Raven Totem And Power / Raven Spirit Guide Subliminal

For two birds that are surprisingly far apart on the family tree, American crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos) and common ravens (Corvus corax) can be awfully hard to distinguish, especially if you rarel…

This size difference becomes most obvious is when you look at their face.. With practice, judging the proportion of crows’ and ravens’ features, like bill size, becomes easier.. Ravens have elongated throat feathers called hackles, which they can articulate for a variety of behavioral displays.. With a little practice American crows and common ravens can easily be distinguished by their calls.. The below maps from Cornell’s All About Birds website offer more specific breakdowns (hover over the images to see the caption).. US laws In the United States, both American crows and common ravens are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.. Asking if American crows are different from common ravens is a different question, though, than asking if “crows” are different than “ravens”.

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Ravens and crows may look similar but, there are many differences between them that you can learn by knowing their diet, habitat, appearance, and behavior.. General Shape Blackbird, a common name for a crow is a large, black bird with sturdy beak and a noticeable white patch on the throat.. Ravens are larger than crows, having a bigger bill and head.. Crows have long tails that are about 12 inches in length (30 cm).. Crows have short tails and rounded wings that are only slightly longer than their bodies.. Their wing flight feathers are often iridescent black and grey.. The distinguishing characteristics of the Raven (corvus corax), also known as common raven or northern raven, and the Crow (corvus corone), also known as American crow or common crow, are similar, yet also quite different.

When you hear a croak from a black bird perching on a nearby tree, can you tell whether it’s from a raven or a crow?

Today, we’ll reveal 13 tips on how you can distinguish a raven from a crow when they’re:. But how can you differentiate a raven and a crow?. Here are some tips to help you tell a raven from a crow when they’re perching on a tree or somewhere near you.. Wingspan of ravens and crows Common ravens have a 3.5 to 4 feet wingspan, while crows’ wingspan is around 2.5 feet.. Wingbeat of ravens and crows When a raven flies overhead, you’ll hear a prominent “swish, swish” sound produced by its wings, while crows usually have a silent wingbeat.. Another tip to distinguish crows from ravens is that a crow makes a call, the other crows join in.. Take note of the raven and a crow’s nesting habits American crows roost at large groups in deciduous and coniferous trees during the non-breeding season(November to March).. Crows are often more aggressive, but ravens tend to lay waste to crow’s nest if there’s a chance.. Additional tip #13: Know their Lifespan Mighty ravens have a longer lifespan than crows.

by Erin Marissa Russell Ready to explore the similarities and differences between grackles versus crows versus ravens? These black birds are often mistaken for one another, because visually they are quite similar. But you can learn a few tricks to help you tell the difference between grackles, crows, and ravens. We’ll explain how to differentiate […]

A crow’s tail spreads out like a fan (so will a grackle’s), but a raven has longer feathers in the middle of their tail that make it wedge-shaped.. Although they resemble crows and ravens, grackles are not actually related to these birds.. Grackles are smaller than either crows or ravens.. Common grackles are medium-sized birds with long tails (though not as long as great-tailed or boat-tailed grackles) and yellow eyes.. You can tell great-tailed grackles and boat-tailed grackles apart because great-tailed grackles have flat heads while boat-tailed grackles have round heads.. The territory of boat-tailed grackles includes Florida and the eastern and southern coasts of the U.S. As with common grackles, the female boat-tailed grackle is smaller with dull brown feathers as opposed to the male’s shiny, iridescent black plumage.. And while both ravens and crows have curved beaks, the raven’s is much larger and shaped to consume carrion, with a downward curve at the tip.. While grackles have straight beaks, both ravens and crows have curved beaks.. A raven’s throat feathers are also longer and shaggier than those of a crow or a grackle, though crows have a bit of shagginess on the throat as well.. We’ve learned a lot about these three black birds, so let’s quickly review the best ways to tell the difference between grackles versus crows versus ravens.. Beak : The grackle has a flat beak, while both crow and raven have larger hook-shaped beaks.. A raven and a crow will both barrel roll on occasion, though a crow does it less frequently than a raven does.

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Raven vs Crow: How to Tell the Difference .. Even if mostly ravens are named both ravens and crows likely are interchangeable.. Even if mostly ravens are named both ravens and crows likely are interchangeable.. While a crow measures 17-21 inches with a wingspan of 33-39 inches, a raven is large with a measurement of 22-27 inches and a wingspan of 46 inches.. While a crow measures 17-21 inches with a wingspan of 33-39 inches, a raven is large with a measurement of 22-27 inches and a wingspan of 46 inches.. Crow vs. Raven.. Aside from size in crow vs raven, the birds look similar, but there are subtle differences.. Crow vs. Raven.

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The common raven (usually known simply as ‘the raven’) is the largest member of the crow family, Corvidae.. A raven is a large black bird in the genus Corvus , which is part of the crow family, Corvidae.. Although there are nine species of raven, the word ‘raven’ is most often used to refer to the common raven , Corvus corax .. (Unless specified, on this page, whenever we talk about a raven, we mean the common raven.). The common raven isn’t just the largest member of the crow family; it’s also the largest passerine .. All nine raven species are members of the genus Corvus .. The common raven’s closest relatives are the brown-necked raven and the pied crow , both of which are found in Africa, and the Chihuahuan raven , which is found in the United States and Mexico.. The common raven is a large, jet black bird.. The success of the common raven may not be such good news for a number of less-fortunate animals; the raven is known to predate the eggs and young of threatened species such as marbled murrelets , desert tortoises , and California condors .. The raven’s intelligence is apparent in many of its dealings with other ravens.. A raven can remember not only its own place in the system, but also the relationship between other ravens.. A raven will show discomfort if other familiar ravens do not behave in the expected manner towards one another.. For example, upon finding carrion being guarded by a pair of older ravens, a young raven has been observed returning to its roost and telling the others about the find.. The common raven has a lifespan of up to 21 years in the wild, and over 40 years in captivity, making it one of the longest-lived of all birds.

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