Category: Birds

The common raven has been the topic of much discussion for centuries. This bird is common in literature, music, and movies, due to its dark color and mysterious nature. The raven is an extremely smart bird and is easy to train, making it a popular choice among scientists and bird enthusiasts.



Scientific & Common Names

Kingdom - Animalia

Phylum - Chordata

Class - Aves

Order - Passeriformes

Family - Corvidae

Genus - Corvus

Species - C. corax

Common Names - Raven, Common Raven, Northern Raven


The raven, or common Raven, is black in color. It can be up to 25 inches in length, and has a maximum weight of two to three pounds. This bird can live up to 21 years in the wild. The raven is a solitary bird, and usually travels alone or with one friend. When a group of ravens is seen together, it is referred to as an "unkindness" or "unpleasantness" of ravens.


This bird is monogamous and typically mates with one partner for life. The raven usually begins looking for a partner when very young, but may take up to three years to bond with a life partner. When the female raven lays eggs, she typically lays between three and seven eggs. These eggs can take 17 to 21 days to hatch.


This bird is very intelligent and has been used in scientific work. The raven is very playful and can be seen playing with other ravens in the wild. When in captivity, the raven is a generally social bird.


The raven traces its history back to about two million years ago. Scientists believe this bird originated in the Old World and crossed the Bering Strait to North America. This bird is believed to have survived an Ice Age and other events, making its history one of the most fascinating of all birds.

Present Status

The raven is a very common bird and can be found very easily in pet stores and in the wild. The raven is one of the most intelligent birds, making it easy to train. It is also very social and enjoys spending time with people when in captivity. If you are looking to attract wild ravens to your home and yard, you can leave lots of seeds and grains scattered about to tempt their palate.