Common Raven
This Common Raven (Corvus corax) came to us after being found on the ground in Lehighton, Pennsylvania in 2011 with gunshot wounds to the leg and wing. He is now a partial amputee. While licensed hunters may shoot crows in this state, to shoot ravens is illegal. Sadly, many people cannot rapidly tell the difference.

In flight, ravens have a wedge-shaped tail, compared to the fan shape of an American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos). Ravens are highly intelligent creatures, and multiple toys are visible in his coop for his entertainment. This raven appears to call to other ravens, who have been seen picking at the fencing, perhaps trying to steal his toys, or to break him out!

Common Raven


Fast Facts

Common Raven: Corvus corax

Range: Widespread across Western US and most of Canada; eastern populations more scattered

Habitat: Highly variable; exceptions include the open Great Plains and most eastern forests

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 "unkindness".



Monday – Friday
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Weekend hours vary seasonally; call for details

After hours group

visits by appointment.

Trails, pavilion, and raptor mews (cages) are open 7 days a week from dawn until dusk.


Want to learn more?

Cornell Lab of Ornithology

National Audubon Society

Ravens in mythology

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