Owning a Raven is a lot of work, in America African Ravens & crows are legal to own. I’ve interacted with companion ravens before and they are fantastic. Seeing this incredible bird free flying and playing in the air while knowing he is keeping his eye on us and will come back.
Oh Jilli I see your next pet in the future. ;)
YES. Here birdie, birdie, birdie.
I have no idea what this is from, but the imagery is beautiful.
face your greatest fears.
Ravens! Lots of ravens.
The name “crow” is used for an entire family of birds, Corvidae, that includes the raven species. To put it simply, all ravens are crows; but crows can also be jays, magpies, or other birds. The terms “crow” and “raven” are actually very general, and can be used to refer to a number of different related birds in the Corvus genus.
The most noticeable difference between a crow and a raven is size; in most cases, the largest black birds in this genus are known as ravens. These two types of birds can also have some differences in their feathers. Both are iridescent black, although a crow’s older feathers are often lighter. A raven’s feathers shine with a blue or purple tint when the sun hits them. One of the most interesting differences between the two birds is in their vocalizations. A crow’s voice is often considered annoying and repetitive. A raven’s voice is more varied, however, and it’s able to imitate other birds and animals. Its most distinctive noise is a deep, croaking sound, which is often considered more musical than the call of the crow.
Crows are tolerant of noisy, populated areas with people and other animals. Ravens like privacy in their solitary hunt for insects, fruits, and carrion, so they’re more likely to be found in remote woods, meadows, and hills.
“Scientists have revealed an unexpected candidate for the title of the world’s second smartest creature - the raven. According to a pair of researchers, a bird brain is no longer a sign of stupidity; indeed, it could be a sign of surprising intelligence.
‘These birds use logic to solve problems and some of their abilities even surpass those of the great apes,’ they say.
Other experiments by biologists have shown that ravens often let other animals do work for them. In the wild, they have been known to make calls that bring wolves and foxes to dead animals so that these large carnivores can break the carcass apart, making meat accessible to the birds.” (read more)
[Photo Jane B. Nowak]
recently i learned that crows and ravens have a baffling habit of sneaking up on other animals and pulling on their tails
the behavior seems to be relatively universal among various species of crows and ravens across the world
they seem to do it with anything they can find that has a tail, ranging from something as small and harmless as squirrels to something as large and deadly as eagles
i have absolutely no idea what their motives are, other than to be mischievous and cute
I wouldn’t dream of calling you a pretty bird. No, you’re an elegant bird.
Hello, pretty bird. I wish you lived near me. Via fairy-wren:
leucistic common raven
(photos by ralph hocken)
“A blackbird, soaring skyward, took a lock of his hair with it!” ~ Ray Bradbury (“The Traveler”)
A more perfect photo from the day the brilliantly creative Ray Bradbury took his leave of us couldn’t have been taken. A bird in flight across a silhouetted tower of the Taj Mahal marking the period of time when Venus was in transit between the line of view from the Earth to the Sun.