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  Text by Morgan McCombs and Joaquin Garcia Magee Marsh, Ohio; May 2011

Common Raven
Corvus corax
Family - Corvidae

Common Ravens live in northern North America and down the West Coast of the U.S. and into Mexico. They are not often seen in Northern Virginia.

They live in open evergreen and deciduous forests year round. However they are also found in mountainous, tundra, and desert areas.

Their bodies are entirely black with a wedged-shaped tail and a thick neck. They make a gurgling croak sound and are able to mimic the calls other birds make.

Common Ravens tend to stay alone or in pairs.

They are smart birds, which makes them dangerous predators. Common Ravens are omnivores, eating both prey and plants.

They are gifted fliers that often do tricks in the air.