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Merlin Bird ID

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    Common Raven Identification

    The Four Keys to ID

    • Size & Shape

      Not just large but massive, with a thick neck, shaggy throat feathers, and a Bowie knife of a beak. In flight, ravens have long, wedge-shaped tails. They're more slender than crows, with longer, narrower wings, and longer, thinner “fingers” at the wingtips.

      Relative Size

      About half again larger than an American Crow or Chihuahuan Raven

      Relative Sizecrow sizedcrow-sized
      Measurements
      • Both Sexes
        • Length: 22.1-27.2 in (56-69 cm)
        • Weight: 24.3-57.3 oz (689-1625 g)
        • Wingspan: 45.7-46.5 in (116-118 cm)