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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Crow Or Raven?

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Not being familiar with birds, I am not sure which one this is, Do you? I am thinking Raven

Lilli

22 comments:

AVCR8TEUR said...

I'm not sure myself, but I've seen a few of those flying around in our neighborhood lately. They are huge though.

evlahos said...

I don't know the name of this bird, but it make a great contrast to white car

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I'm guessing it's a crow...but Ha! I don't know the difference between a crow and a raven. ;-)

Old Wom Tigley said...

That looks like a Raven to me with that beak..

I dug this out of one of my books for you.

Raven facts

The Raven is known as the king of the Corvidae birds, it's weight is around 3 pounds. It is black and has a strong beak. The wing span 4 feet, length 2 feet plus, The raven can reach an age of 30-50 years.

The raven is omnivore.

The nest is built in trees, on cliffs and on power-line poles usually 15 - 30 m above the ground. They use twigs and sticks, the lining is made of animal hairs and grass.
The eggs are 4 -8 light blue and spotted. Both parents feed the nestlings who stay in the nest until they are almost full fledged when they start to walk around in the tree top. Pairs live in lifelong "marriages" and annually return to the same nests. The raven can be found in Europe, Asia and Northern America where it is common.
The ravens don't move south in the Winter, they move around in wide areas to find food.
The raven is a very skilful flyer, diving, flying upside down, turns somersaults and other tricks.
Imitating other animal sounds, the sound of the wind and human speech are other skils. The raven is believed to be intelligent and regarded as the king of Corvidae family.

All in all, a great bird to spot.. I rarely see them.
Tom

dot said...

I don't know the difference but Google does. lol. First off the raven is bigger, about the size of a hawk and the crow about the size of a pigeon. I'd have to see them side by side to tell.

Susan said...

I read your profile, and envy your traveling around in the motorhome! Love your pics over on Picture This blog. Have a great day!

JFargo said...

I'm fairly certain that that's an actual raven. I'm not big into birds, but I know that that fits the description of ravens that I've heard.

Not any kind of blackbird that I've seen. More prehistoric-looking.

Andrea said...

I will just call it a big black bird and show my ignorance to the bird family.

dot said...

Lilli, I don't know where you got that riverboat on Picture This but it's gorgeous! It almost looks like a little toy boat.

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

I'm almost certain it is a Raven as well. We get quite a few of those guys around here with the crows and the black birds and it is quite funny how everyone tries to identify them around here... but yeh, it looks like a Raven to me.

quintarantino said...

Well, it is black for sure ... as for the rest, I would bet on raven.
But not pretty sure.

ga.farmgirl said...

I don't know either, but I have learned a lot about ravens right here today. We have some huge crows here, a lot of huge crows, that love to wait for the corn to be planted.
Good picture!

Craver Vii said...

I was going to guess a dirty bluejay.

FRIGGA said...

Interesting - I found a website that taks about the differences - http://crow.bz/main/index.htm - but from the picture I would guess it's a crow.

napaboaniya said...

I'm not sure of the name too :P But it looks tired from flying and it's taking a rest from it's flight :)

Katney said...

It is hard to gauge from the perspective how large he is. Ravens are REALLY BIG. We don't see ravens in the Yakima Valley but we do up in the mountains. I can imagine that at your elevation in Bend you might have them if that is part of their living requirements. But when I say they are big I mean REALLY BIG. Someone quoted a four foot wingspan and that does not surprise me. They are about two feet long. Othere than size, ravens and crows look a lot alike.

Ackworth Born said...

I'd probably say it is a small raven although it could be a big crow - whichever they are clever little birds when foraging - not quite as bad as some of the ones they have in NZ that'll eat a whole car given the chance!

Paulie said...

Well, I had a photo of a crow lately and didn't know what it was and the debate went on BUT most of the people said it was a crow because a raven is much bigger. So the mystery goes on. . . and on.

Petunia said...

It is a raven! I love this bird:) My husband thing I was a witch in early life;) LOL!
Did you now that this bird can learn to talk like parrot. Here in Bergen there was a professor that took care of a wild raven. The raven learn to speak and it didn't like old ladies with umbrella:)

Texas Travelers said...

Size is not alway a determining facto since there is size overlap. Howerever with the heavy beak and strongly curved culmen, it is almost certainly a raven.

Nice shot.

Texas Travelers said...

After looking at the second photo it is almost certainly a raven. Notice the white under-feathers in the neck ruff.

The crows do not have these white under feathers.

madretz said...

i love crows and ravens. donno why. just do.