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Wildlife Spotlight: Ravens

PictureRavens on the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks

A dark and ominous species of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks, ravens are one of the largest types of perching birds and can be identified by their entirely black bodies, from eyes to beak and down to their feet. With thick necks, shaggy throat feathers, and large curved beaks, ravens are more slender than crows and are often found in pairs instead of groups.
 
Ravens are intelligent, adaptable birds that can live in a wide variety of habitats, whether it be the desert or a dense forest, these birds can survive through all seasons. These birds will make themselves known with their deep croaking call that echoes as they soar through the sky overhead. Living as a scavenger and a predator, ravens are omnivorous and will feed on practically anything including insects, rodents, lizards, frogs, eggs, young birds, and even carrion and garbage.

​Even though ravens are almost as large as a red-tailed hawk, these birds are quite acrobatic when it comes to flying. Ravens have been known to somersaults in the air and even fly upside down.
 
Next time you’re out on the Landmarks, see if you can spot a raven searching for its next meal or soaring through the air!
 
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