Our Resident

Edgar, our Chihuahuan Raven is two years old. 

Creature Features

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

Fun Facts

  • 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.