8 Surprising Facts About Ravens

Learn about the intelligent, fascinating and charming common raven, including where to find ravens and what foods ravens eat.

Where to Find Ravens

Ravens do well in just about any habitat. Here are seven places you can find them:

  • Beach
  • Forest
  • Mountains
  • Desert
  • Grassland
  • Tundra
  • City

Nesting Habits

Ravens raise only one brood a year, which includes between three and seven young. Learn how to safely observe nesting birds.

Solitary Birds

Ravens are usually alone or in pairs during the daytime. If you see more together, it’s probably a family.

Size and Wingspan

Ravens can be up to 25 inches long with a 50-inch wingspan.

Ravens in Literature

The famous poem, The Raven, by Edgar Allan Poe was first published in 1845. Check out our top 10 favorite sports team bird mascots.

Northern Neighbors

According to the conservation program, Partners in Flight, roughly 18% of the 20 million ravens in the world live in Canada.

Keen Intelligence

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.

What Do Ravens Eat?

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