Raven (Corvus corax)

Each day around 4pm a raven passes over my house. Occasionally it stops on top of the nearby pylon and calls. Its deep, kraa call means I can hear it coming, long before I see it.

Today it passed over just as the sun was setting.


Raven overhead

A few facts about Raven’s.

  • Ravens mate for life and live in pairs in a territory.
  • Young raven’s live together in flocks, until they mate and pair off.
  • The Raven’s lifespan is between 25 and 30 years
  • In the UK there are breeding 7,400 pairs
  • Ravens raise only one brood a year, between three and seven young
  • The collective noun for a group of raven’s is a CONSPIRACY of Raven’s
  • Raven’s are able to solve problems, with the same ability as dolphins or chimpanzees.
  • Raven’s can imitate sounds such as car engines, they can also imitate other animal sounds such as foxes.
  • Raven’s make a “comfort sound”, this is a soft warbling sound a mating pair will make to each other.
  • Raven’s protect the Tower of London – Should the ravens ever leave, the tower and the monarchy would fall.
  • Raven’s can hold a grudge. When researchers gave raven’s food the raven preferred the researcher who had previously shown themselves to be fair in their interactions over a researcher who had cheated them in the past
  • Simone Pika discovered that wild raven’s use their beaks to gesture to each other. They use their beaks similar to hands to show and offer objects such as moss, stones and twigs

About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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13 Responses to Raven

  1. CT says:

    Cracking pictures, Alex. Have you seen them fly upside down? They are amazing birds. CT :o).

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  2. Ashley says:

    Great photos Alex, and an interesting post. They are common here in Northern Ireland. They are slightly bigger than the Common Buzzard and some here call them an “honorary” raptor!

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  3. Greta DH says:

    That was very a very interesting blog with wonderful photos.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. clivebennett796 says:

    Hi Alex, Some great shots of one of my favourite birds. Luckily they seem to be on the increase again.

    We are lucky here in North Wales to have one of the largest Raven roosts in the world. Some 2000 birds at one time. It’s Awesome. Well worth a visit if you ever find yourself in this neck of woods.

    We also get great views of a long established breeding pair near home in the Pines atop the old IronAge/Roman Hill Fort (Dinas Dinorwic) which forms the backdrop to our view from the kitchen window.

    I just wish I had your photography skills …

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  5. Ravens are my favourite birds. Big, noisy, faithful and fiercely intelligent , there us nothing better!

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