The Common Raven is entirely black – feathers, bill, eyes, legs and feet! Their wingspan is 45.7–46.5 in (116–118 cm). In size, they are about half again larger than an American Crow or Chihuahuan Raven.
The captive ravens at the Tower of London in England are perhaps the most famous ravens in the world, and the most difficult ones to manage:
Despite their having one wing trimmed, some ravens do in fact go absent without leave and others have had to be sacked. Raven George was dismissed for eating television aerials, and Raven Grog was last seen outside an East End pub.
– The Ravens, Tower of London –
The most feared Raven was in the poem by Edgar Allan Poe:
And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting
On the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;
And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is dreaming,
And the lamp-light o’er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;
And my soul from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor
Shall be lifted—nevermore!
– Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven –
The Feather Files
Name: Corvus corax
Alias: Common Raven
Migration: They do not migrate (though some Northern birds might wander south in winter) and can be found throughout most of the Northern Hemisphere (from the coast of Siberia, to the slopes of Mt. Everest, across to Spain, and through much of North America down to southern Mexico) – in nearly any habitat except America’s eastern forests and open Great Plains.
Date Seen: September 2010, April 2016, January 2017
Location: Painted Desert Arizona, north of Fountain Hills Arizona; San José del Cabo Mexico