Raven - Corvus corax

Alt Name
Common Raven and Northern Raven

The Raven is our largest member of the crow family and is about the same size as a Buzzard or about half as big again as a Carrion Crow. Like the Carrion Crow, the Raven is completely black. It has a large bill and long wings. In flight, it shows a diamond-shaped tail. Often gives its presence away by its deep croaking call. Predominantly a carrion feeder with a wide and varied diet.

Photo ID?

Common in upland moorland as well as coastal and inland cliffs and isolated clumps of trees but now found almost anywhere

When to see it

All year round.

UK Status

Resident breeder - 12,000 pairs. Has extended it range in recent years from the west and the north into much of lowland Britain

VC55 Status

Scarce resident, but increasing.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map