Ravens (Corvus corax) in Moosonee, Ontario.
Ravens are the largest of the passeriformes or perching birds. They are also the largest of the corvids, a bird family that also includes crows and blue jays. They are common in Northern areas where they remain all winter. Ravens have a broad diet that includes carrion. They make a wide variety of sounds. They are wary of new situations and foods (neophobic). Ravens are often mistaken for crows. Compared to crows, ravens are much larger birds that generally make lower toned sounds (crows "caw", ravens "rack"). Ravens and crows often display a marked distaste for each other and harrassment of ravens by crows is quite common.
Some of the images here show Ravens in flight. I find the wide range of shapes they take while flying endlessly fascinating, especially when they are moving around buildings, trees and other objects.
Most of my current pictures of ravens are posted
in higher resolution at
Ravens like chicken
Ravens leave tracks...
Ravens and crows do not get along
Ravens don't like gulls.....Stay off my pole!
Ravens are fond of eggs....
Books on Ravens
by Bernd Heinrich: Ravens in Winter, Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds
by Candace Savage: Bird brains: The intelligence of crows, ravens, magpies, and jays
by Lawrence Kilham: The American Crow and the Common Raven
Many of the pictures on this page show birds eating or taking food while being photographed. This seems a fair trade but it is generally a good idea to only feed birds around your own home and to do so on a consistent basis.