Common Raven

Corvus corax

(C. c. corax)

Armenian Name: Սև ագռավ
Common Raven

See Plate 60 for Common Raven and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Uncommon
Length:64 cm, Wing Span:120-150 cm
Distribution Map: Map 345.
Description: Large glossy black bird with long thick bill and long bluntly-pointed tail.
Behavior: Often seen in small flocks, though breeds solitarily on cliff faces. Surprisingly agile flight; repeatedly pulls in wings, twists sideways, and drops through the air a short distance before opening wings again. Has far-carrying hoarse calls.
Habitat: Widespread in mountains.
Food: Invertebrates, small vertebrates, carrion.
Nest: Large cup of sticks and occasionally wire, lined with wool and fabric on ledge on cliff, rarely on electrical pylon.
Eggs: 49 mm, 4-6, pale blue, dark green to blackish blotches and lines.