Common Raven: Corvus
across Western US and most of Canada; eastern populations more scattered
variable; exceptions include the open Great Plains and most eastern
Nest: Large mass of
sticks woven in a basket, up to 5ft across. Sometimes reused for
multiple breeding seasons, not always by the same birds.
Eggs: 3-7, green to
olive, often mottled with darker olive
Diet: Nearly anything:
garbage, large insects, carrion, eggs, small live prey mammals and birds
Trivia: Ravens have
captivated human imagination many times over the years, in Edgar Allen Poe's
famous poem; the superstition that if ravens depart the Tower of
London, the British Empire will fall; and many other stories.
Also, a group of ravens is called an