Edgar, our Chihuahuan Raven is two years old.
Description Large, entirely black member of the corvid family with a hefty bill and long nasal bristles. In flight, note the diamond-shaped tail and broad, round wings.
Diet Omnivorous. Diet is highly varied, but mostly animal matter, including large insects, spiders, earthworms, snails, rodents, lizards, and eggs and young of other birds. Often eats carrion and garbage. Also feeds on grain, seeds, berries, and fruit, including cactus fruit.
Nesting Breeds mostly in summer, perhaps to take advantage of better food supply after summer rains begin
- It was formerly known as the American white-necked raven
- Scientific Name: Corvus cryptoleucus
- Conservation Status: Least concern
- Lifespan: 6 to 10 years
- Body Length: 8 to 20 inches
- Wingspan: 40 to 43inches
- Weight: 13 to 23 ounces
- Number of eggs: 5 to 6, sometimes 3 to 8
- Habitat: Arid and semi-arid grassland, scrub, yucca flats.
- Distribution: Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, and Texas.
Did You Know?
- Ravens have a well-developed ruff of feathers on the throat, which are called ‘hackles.’
- The raven is an acrobatic flier and has even been observed flying upside down.