Australian Raven

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Common Name: Australian Raven
Scientific Name: Corvus coronoides

Size: 18-21 inches (46-53 cm)

Habitat: Australia; Endemic--not common throughout eastern, southern Australia and southern Western Australia (the populations being connected by a narrow strip across the Nullarbor Plain) but is found in the far north. It has adapted very well to human habitation in some cities and is a common bird in urban Sydney, and Rottnest Island. It is omnivorous and has adapted well to urban environments and is a common city bird in Sydney and Canberra.

Status: Least Concern. Global population: Unknown.

Diet: Carrion, insects, seeds, fruit, small reptiles, nestlings and eggs. The preference ratio is 34% carrion, 42% invertebrates and 24% plant material. Food is taken mainly from the ground but will occasionally feed in trees. Ravens have adapted well to eating rubbish and scraps in urban areas, such as school playgrounds. In one isolated study they were observed feeding on nectar from eucalypt flowers.

Nesting: Breeding season is from July to September. Ravens always nest in tall trees, never near to the ground as some species do. Nests are generally large and untidy, consisting of a bowl or platform of sticks lined with grasses, barks, and feathers. A clutch can comprise 3–6 eggs, though usually 4 or 5 are laid. Measuring 45x30 mm (1¾ x 1¼ in), eggs are pale green or bluish-green splotched with darker olive, brown and blackish markings. Incubation of the eggs is done solely by the female over roughly 20 days. Only one brood is raised per year. Fledged by 45 days and staying with parents for about four months after that.

Cool Facts: One of three Australian species commonly known as ravens. It is a more slender bird than the Common Raven of the Northern Hemisphere but is otherwise similar.

Found in Songbird ReMix Australia Volume II and Songbird Remix Corvus corvus Bundle

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