8 Surprising Facts About Ravens

Learn about the intelligent, fascinating and charming common raven.

  1. Ravens do well in just about any habitat. Here are seven places you can find them:
    • Beach
    • Forest
    • Mountains
    • Desert
    • Grassland
    • Tundra
    • City
  2. Ravens raise only one brood a year, which includes between three and seven young.
  3. Ravens are usually alone or in pairs during the daytime. If you see more together, it’s probably a family.
  4. Ravens can be up to 25 inches long with a 50-in. wingspan.
  5. The famous poem, The Raven, by Edgar Allan Poe was first published in 1845.
  6. According to the conservation program, Partners in Flight, roughly 18% of the 20 million ravens in the world live in Canada.
  7. Ravens are some of the smartest birds in North America, along with these other three cousin birds in the corvid family: crows, magpies, and jays.
  8. Ravens will eat almost anything. Twelve things they have been known to feast on are:
    • Mice
    • Baby tortoises
    • Eggs
    • Grasshoppers
    • Beetles
    • Scorpions
    • Fish
    • Dung
    • Grains
    • Buds
    • Berries
    • Pet food