Raven - Corvus corax

    Alternative names
    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.

    Identification difficulty

    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.

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