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Common Raven, Zie-Zoo, Netherlands Despite its giant range throughout the world, I don&#039;t recall having seen a Raven in the wild. In the Netherlands they had been near-extinct, yet made a tiny comeback with at most a few hundred breeding pairs. I was kind of shocked to see how enormous they are compared to the crow-like species attending our garden. <br />
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Despite size, this bird is notable for its intelligent behavior. A few examples, taken from the dutch Wikipedia page:<br />
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- They can form pact with wolves, notifying a wolf of injured animals, after which the raven feeds on the carcass after the kill by the wolf.<br />
- They have the ability to use tools; using sticks to pull out food from holes, and using rocks to crack open nuts.<br />
- It can mimic sounds of its surroundings, including human voice.<br />
- It has a solid memory, as it stashes food supplies in dozens of different places<br />
- It also remembers food stashes from other Ravens, to plunder them later<br />
- It understands when another Raven&#039;s line of sight is blocked, so that even when the stash owner is nearby, it knows when it can plunder<br />
- They know who their friends and enemies are, they know alliances of other Ravens, in other words: they know politics<br />
- They comfort Ravens that were beaten in a dispute, expecting this service in return<br />
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And...they are useful like vultures in cleaning up carcasses. I&#039;d summarize this as the Raven being a freaking awesome bird. Not at all the &quot;biblical&quot; devil like creature it is believed to be.<br />
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<br />
Despite size, this bird is notable for its intelligent behavior. A few examples, taken from the dutch Wikipedia page:<br />
<br />
- They can form pact with wolves, notifying a wolf of injured animals, after which the raven feeds on the carcass after the kill by the wolf.<br />
- They have the ability to use tools; using sticks to pull out food from holes, and using rocks to crack open nuts.<br />
- It can mimic sounds of its surroundings, including human voice.<br />
- It has a solid memory, as it stashes food supplies in dozens of different places<br />
- It also remembers food stashes from other Ravens, to plunder them later<br />
- It understands when another Raven&#039;s line of sight is blocked, so that even when the stash owner is nearby, it knows when it can plunder<br />
- They know who their friends and enemies are, they know alliances of other Ravens, in other words: they know politics<br />
- They comfort Ravens that were beaten in a dispute, expecting this service in return<br />
<br />
And...they are useful like vultures in cleaning up carcasses. I&#039;d summarize this as the Raven being a freaking awesome bird. Not at all the &quot;biblical&quot; devil like creature it is believed to be.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61889/common_raven_zie-zoo_netherlands.html Common Raven,Corvus corax,Europe,Netherlands,Volkel,World,Zie-Zoo,Zoo,b&amp;w,black and white" /></a></figure> Common Raven,Corvus corax,Europe,Netherlands,Volkel,World,Zie-Zoo,Zoo Click/tap to enlarge PromotedCountry intro

Common Raven, Zie-Zoo, Netherlands

Despite its giant range throughout the world, I don't recall having seen a Raven in the wild. In the Netherlands they had been near-extinct, yet made a tiny comeback with at most a few hundred breeding pairs. I was kind of shocked to see how enormous they are compared to the crow-like species attending our garden.

Despite size, this bird is notable for its intelligent behavior. A few examples, taken from the dutch Wikipedia page:

- They can form pact with wolves, notifying a wolf of injured animals, after which the raven feeds on the carcass after the kill by the wolf.
- They have the ability to use tools; using sticks to pull out food from holes, and using rocks to crack open nuts.
- It can mimic sounds of its surroundings, including human voice.
- It has a solid memory, as it stashes food supplies in dozens of different places
- It also remembers food stashes from other Ravens, to plunder them later
- It understands when another Raven's line of sight is blocked, so that even when the stash owner is nearby, it knows when it can plunder
- They know who their friends and enemies are, they know alliances of other Ravens, in other words: they know politics
- They comfort Ravens that were beaten in a dispute, expecting this service in return

And...they are useful like vultures in cleaning up carcasses. I'd summarize this as the Raven being a freaking awesome bird. Not at all the "biblical" devil like creature it is believed to be.

Common Raven - BW, Zie-Zoo, Netherlands Despite its giant range throughout the world, I don't recall having seen a Raven in the wild. In the Netherlands they had been near-extinct, yet made a tiny comeback with at most a few hundred breeding pairs. I was kind of shocked to see how enormous they are compared to the crow-like species attending our garden. <br />
<br />
Despite size, this bird is notable for its intelligent behavior. A few examples, taken from the dutch Wikipedia page:<br />
<br />
- They can form pact with wolves, notifying a wolf of injured animals, after which the raven feeds on the carcass after the kill by the wolf.<br />
- They have the ability to use tools; using sticks to pull out food from holes, and using rocks to crack open nuts.<br />
- It can mimic sounds of its surroundings, including human voice.<br />
- It has a solid memory, as it stashes food supplies in dozens of different places<br />
- It also remembers food stashes from other Ravens, to plunder them later<br />
- It understands when another Raven's line of sight is blocked, so that even when the stash owner is nearby, it knows when it can plunder<br />
- They know who their friends and enemies are, they know alliances of other Ravens, in other words: they know politics<br />
- They comfort Ravens that were beaten in a dispute, expecting this service in return<br />
<br />
And...they are useful like vultures in cleaning up carcasses. I'd summarize this as the Raven being a freaking awesome bird. Not at all the "biblical" devil like creature it is believed to be.<br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/61889/common_raven_zie-zoo_netherlands.html Common Raven,Corvus corax,Europe,Netherlands,Volkel,World,Zie-Zoo,Zoo,b&w,black and white

    comments (5)

  1. Breathtaking! I love Corvids! <3 Such intelligent, beautiful creatures! Posted 3 years ago
    1. Thank you, I love them too. In and around our garden we mostly have the Eurasian jackdaw and European Magpie and I just love observing them. Only one block from us the Jackdaws have organized a summer gathering of a few hundred.

      A fun example of their intelligence: elsewhere in the country a small group of Jackdaws have been trying to take over an owl's nest for two years, apparently it's valuable real estate (a jackdaw's nest quality/location is an indication of its position in the hierarchy). The 3rd year they found a way: they stuffed the nest exactly dense enough so that the owl won't fit, yet they do fit. Lol.
      Posted 3 years ago
  2. Posted 3 years ago
    1. Awesome! Posted 3 years ago
  3. Beautiful! Posted 3 years ago

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The Common Raven, also known as the Northern Raven, is a large, all-black passerine bird. Found across the northern hemisphere, it is the most widely distributed of all corvids. It is one of the two largest corvids, alongside the Thick-billed Raven, and is possibly the heaviest passerine bird; at maturity, the Common Raven averages 63 cm in length and 1.2 kg.

Similar species: Passerines
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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Uploaded Jun 23, 2018. Captured May 6, 2018 14:47.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/5.6
  • 1/800s
  • ISO1100
  • 400mm