Chihuahuan raven

Corvus cryptoleucus

The Chihuahuan raven is a species of bird in the family Corvidae that is native to the United States and Mexico. It was formerly known as the American white-necked raven, and has the proportions of a common raven with a heavy bill, but is about the same size as a carrion crow, or slightly larger than the American crow long). The plumage is all-black with a rich purple-blue gloss in good light. Like the forest raven, little raven, fan-tailed raven and Australian raven, it is one of the smaller raven species. The larger species of raven are the common raven, thick-billed raven, white-necked raven and brown-necked raven, with the common and thick-billed ravens being the world's largest raven species and the little and fan-tailed ravens being the smallest. The Chihuahuan raven is very similar in appearance to the Australian raven, although with dark brown irises and whiter feather bases. The nasal bristles extend farther down the top of the bill than in any other ''Corvus'' species to about two-thirds the length. The base of the neck feathers are white-ish . The bill, legs and feet are black.
Chihuahuan Raven This species is almost impossible to differentiate from the Common Raven (Corvus corax) and even very experienced Arizona birders told me that it is practically indistinguishable in the field. So why am I so confident that I have the correct ID? Because I saw several of them at White Sands National Monument in a short visit and on the official bird list the Chihuahuan Raven is listed as "common" and the Common Ravenis "rare". Chihuahuan raven,Corvus cryptoleucus,Geotagged,Summer,United States,White Sands National Monument,new mexico

Distribution

The Chihuahuan raven occurs in the Southwestern and Midwestern United States and northern Mexico, including southeastern Arizona, southern New Mexico, southeastern Colorado, western Kansas, western Oklahoma, and southern and western Texas.

Habitat

The Chihuahuan raven occurs in the Southwestern and Midwestern United States and northern Mexico, including southeastern Arizona, southern New Mexico, southeastern Colorado, western Kansas, western Oklahoma, and southern and western Texas.

Food

It feeds on cultivated cereal grains, insects and many other invertebrates, small reptiles, carrion and scraps of human food, cactus fruits, eggs and nestlings.

Defense

The nest is built in either trees, large shrubs or sometimes even in old buildings. There are usually 5–7 eggs laid relatively late in the year during May so as to take advantage of the insect food for their young in their more arid environment.

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Status: Least concern
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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassAves
OrderPasseriformes
FamilyCorvidae
GenusCorvus
SpeciesC. cryptoleucus