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Common name Common raven
Scientific name Corvus corax
Type Cliff-nesting birds
Status Resident

Large bird (approx 67 cm or 2 ft) with a considerable wingspan (approx 140 cm or 4.5 ft). Fully black plumage with metallic tones. Also black are its legs, large bill and eyes. In flight it makes long glidings with slow flappings; worth noting its long, pointed wings and its wedge-shaped tail.


Rockyenvironments and cultivated areas

Where it lives

It is a bird that adapts to many types of environments but always conditioned by the presence of rocky gorges and pits in which to nest. That is why it is more frequent in areas of mountains and abrupt landscapes. However, its feeding areas include forests, crops or rural areas.

How it lives

Species resident in the province whose breeding begins in February making an annual laying of 4 to 6 eggs. In addition to nests in rocky pits it also uses electricity poles and trees as its breeding ground. The Common Raven is an opportunistic bird and as such little demanding when it comes to feeding. It captures small animals (insects, worms, snails, small vertebrates) and takes advantage of carrion, waste in landfills and also fruits and seeds.

Where it can be seen in Malaga

It is a common and frequent bird practically in all the Great Path.

Curious facts

Mythology has accused ravens of being birds of bad omen, messengers of bad news. The reality is that they are in fact messengers but the recipients of their messages are vultures, and for them ravens usually bring very good news. Their low-rise flights and their wide feeding areas allow these birds to easily locate the carcasses of dead animals. The metallic flashes of its plumage are easy to see from the air by vultures that in this way know well where to go to eat. And an invitation to a banquet is never bad news.

Wintering Summer Resident Migration