Hi everyone! Today’s bird is the “common raven” which is divided into 8 subspecies, the one in our area and most of Canada is the “northern raven”. This is also the largest of the group, weighs about 5 lbs (2.3 kg). It has a wingspan of 5 feet (150cm). They are also the largest songbird and are in the same family as crows, jays, magpies. Ravens are found in most any habitat and found all around the northern hemisphere. They live as far north as there is land for them to nest on. Both sexes build the nest but only the female incubates the eggs and the male brings her food. Usually 4 to 7 eggs are laid. Ravens will eat most anything, including plants if meat is scarce. They are sometimes mistaken for crows, but crows are only half the size. Ravens make a deep throated croaking sound. They are not easily scared by anything and are very intelligent birds. They are also important since they help to clean up dead animals along roads and in the forests, thus preventing the spread of disease. Generally though they are not a favorite bird for very many people, though it is an important bird for Indigenous people in many countries.
Thanks for reading, have a wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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