Chihuahuan Raven

Corvus cryptoleucus
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Length: 20 in. (20 cm )
A small relative of the more wide spread Common Raven, the Chihuahuan Raven occurs in the arid grasslands and desert areas of the southwest. Its huge stick nest is usually conspicuously placed on a telephone pole or lone tree. It breeds mid summer at the start of the rains, and during the winter forms huge flocks. It feeds on almost any animal material it encounters, including carrion and garbage.

The four-digit banding code is CHRA.

Male | Herbert Clarke

Female | Robert Shantz



Bird Sound Type: Buzzing
Sex of Bird: Male
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  • Article: Chihuahuan Raven
  • Author(s): Dr. Biology
  • Publisher: Arizona State University School of Life Sciences Ask A Biologist
  • Site name: ASU - Ask A Biologist
  • Date published: July 13, 2017
  • Date accessed: March 22, 2018
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