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Common Raven - BW, 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/61890/common_raven_-_bw_zie-zoo_netherlands.html Common Raven,Corvus corax,Europe,Netherlands,Volkel,World,Zie-Zoo,Zoo" /></a></figure> Common Raven,Corvus corax,Europe,Netherlands,Volkel,World,Zie-Zoo,Zoo,b&w,black and white Click/tap to enlarge

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.

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, 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/61890/common_raven_-_bw_zie-zoo_netherlands.html Common Raven,Corvus corax,Europe,Netherlands,Volkel,World,Zie-Zoo,Zoo

    comments (2)

  1. I totally agree, awesome birds and love this shot! Posted 4 years ago
    1. Thanks, Claire! Posted 4 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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By Ferdy Christant

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Uploaded Jun 23, 2018. Captured May 6, 2018 14:47.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/5.6
  • 1/800s
  • ISO2500
  • 400mm