The Common Raven also known as Corvus Corax is a black bird found in the Northern Hemisphere. It is part of the corvid family and is considered to be the most widely distributed species of this particular family. It is a bird with a relatively long life span, reaching up to 40 years. These birds are extremely versatile when it comes to feeding; they are able to find nutrition everywhere and feed on carrion, insects, cereal grains, berries, fruit, small animals, and even food waste.
A Common Raven’s length varies between 56 and 78 cm, being among the biggest corvids. They weigh between 0.7 to 2 kg and have a wingspan that can reach up to 150 cm. They can be recognized by the long, wedge-shaped tail and the shaggy feathers around their necks. Their feathers are mostly black, however in rare cases white ravens have been spotted.
Due to their versatile choice of food, ravens thrive in most climates. They can be found in Arctic climates, in the temperate zones of Europe, Asia and America and even in the deserts of Africa.
Ravens are commonly mentioned in mythology. The Hindu believed these birds to be both Tricksters and Creator Gods. The Norsemen believed them to be the messengers of Odin, while the Welsh thought that ravens were associated to the god Bran the Blessed.
Legends tell that as long as ravens live at the Tower of London, England will not fall prey to any invasion. It is unknown whether this belief is ancient; the historian of the Tower of London believes that the idea is nothing more than a romantic invention that appeared in the Victorian period.
Below are some photos of ravens. What do you think about these mythical birds?
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