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Common Raven

Corvus corax

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All black bird with wedge-shaped tail. Larger than a crow with thicker, longer bill. Bill longer than head. Tends to be solitary. Cruises along roads looking for carrion. Inhabits primarily rural areas in open country or forests. Uses variety of habitats including high desert, coast, sagebrush, tundra, and grasslands. To separate from crows, note wedge-shaped tail, more pointed wings, croaking voice, and longer bill. Also, smoother, steadier wingbeats, compared to choppy, faster wingbeats of smaller crows.

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