The common raven is a large, all black bird that looks similar to a crow.
However, the common raven is about 1/3 larger than the crow and has elongated
and pointed shaggy feathers on the throat. Male and female common ravens look
alike, although males (3lbs.) are slightly larger than females (2lbs.).
The common raven is not very common in Maryland. They are found predominately in
Garrett, Allegany, Washington, and Frederick counties. They prefer to build
their nests high among sheltered cliff edges in rocky, mountainous areas. They
will also nest in tall pine trees.
Common ravens have a varied diet and will eat almost anything that is edible.
This may include small animals such as lizards and frogs, seeds and insects.
They will also feed by scavenging on dead animals.
Ravens are members of the crow family which also includes jays. The common raven
is the only kind of raven in Maryland.
With a 4 ½ foot wingspan, the common raven is the largest of the birds
classified by biologists as songbirds. They are considered to be extremely
intelligent and will bury or store surplus food. They will hide their stored
food under rocks or small holes in the ground and conceal their stash with
leaves, twigs or other debris.
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