- 18.1–20.9 in
- 40.9–43.3 in
- 13.4–23.6 oz
- White-necked Raven
- Corbeau à cou blanc (French)
- Cuervo llanero (Spanish)
- The nest of the Chihuahuan Raven usually is made primarily of twigs. The thorny twigs of mesquite trees are frequently used. Occasionally the raven will make a nest mostly of wire strands, but it will still use soft materials to line the cup.
- Unlike most crows, the Chihuahuan Raven frequently reuses its nest in subsequent years. Some pairs may maintain two nests and use them in alternate years.
- The bases of neck and body feathers of a Chihuahuan Raven are white, not gray like those of other American crows and ravens. The white is difficult to see in the field, and is only revealed by wind blowing the feathers, or when a bird fluffs its feathers to display at another raven. Although this coloration is unique in North America, a number of other crows and ravens around the world have white bases to their feathers.
Dry, open grassland with scattered trees and shrubs, and unbroken desert scrub.
Omnivorous. Large insects, cultivated grains, carrion, eggs, young birds, fruits, lizards, small mammals, garbage.
- Clutch Size
- 1–8 eggs
- Egg Description
- Green to blue with blotches and streaks of brown.
- Condition at Hatching
- Helpless with tufts of down.
Open cup of sticks with softer lining, such as wool, fur, cotton, paper, rope, tree bark, grass, or yucca fibers. Usually placed in low tree or on human-made structure, such as machinery, building, or utility pole.
Scans for food while perched or soaring, catches food on the ground. Holds items under its feet to peck them apart.
Populations appear stable.
- Bednarz, J. C., and R. J. Raitt. 2002. Chihuahuan Raven (Corvus cryptoleucus). In The Birds of North America, No. 606 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). The Birds of North America, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.