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Chihuahuan Raven


IUCN Conservation Status: Least Concern

A big black bird of the southwestern deserts, the Chihuahuan Raven is intermediate between crows and ravens in many ways. It has the shape of a raven but is the size of a crow.

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Typical Voice

Adult Description

  • Large all-black bird.
  • Tail pointed in middle.
  • Large black bill.

Immature Description

Juvenile similar to adult, but head feathers not glossy and more fluffy, inside of mouth red. Immature with wing and tail feathers becoming brownish.

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    Chihuahuan Raven

    • © Brian L. Sullivan, Texas

    Chihuahuan Raven

    • © 2004 Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Cochise County, Arizona, May 2000

Similar Species

  • American Crow smaller, has rounded or square tail, and very different voice.
  • Common Raven is larger, has a longer bill with shorter nasal bristles, a lower voice, and gray, not white, bases to the body feathers.