Creature Feature: Common Raven

The Common Raven (Corvus corax) is indeed common in Humboldt County — chances are you’ve seen one soaring over the beach or resting on a redwood branch. Ravens look a lot like crows, just bigger and more solitary. While crows usually hang out in large groups, ravens like to stick with one or two others. They eat a wide variety of foods: scavenged meat, berries, nuts, and whatever else they can find. They certainly aren’t picky!

One of the most remarkable things about ravens is their ability to communicate. They are one of four known types of animal that demonstrate “displacement”, the ability to tell others about something that is far away or that happened in the past. (The other three animals that can do this are bees, ants, and humans).

Ravens are smart in other ways, too. They can use tools, deceive other ravens, and work together with other species. They also enjoy collecting shiny objects and playing with each other and with other species.

Photo Credit: Ingrid Taylar on Flickr
Sources: Wikipedia – Common Raven