Common Raven

The Common Raven is the world’s largest passerine (perching) bird. The average size is 63 cm (25 in) in length with a weight of 1.2 kg. (2.6 lb). They are widely distributed across the Northern Hemisphere, south to Northern Africa and even on islands in the Pacific Ocean.

Ravens can be distinguished from crows by their heavy beak, rough feathers around the throat and wedge-shaped tail. They are highly opportunistic omnivores and will eat almost anything but the largest part of their diet is meat. They can live up to 21 years.

Their call is a deep croak but they also have other vocalizations.

Common Raven @ Safari Niagara

  • The Raven at Safari Niagara is named Edgar. He is named after the famous poet, Edgar Allen Poe who wrote the poem “The Raven”.

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae
Genus: Corvus
Species: Corvus corax

Did you know?

  • Ravens figure prominently in mythology and legends. In some cultures they are believed to have created the world.
  • A legend says that the British kingdom will fall if ravens leave the Tower of London