Ranked: 10 Most Beautiful Ravens

Ravens are extremely intelligent birds. They have the largest brain of all birds except for parrots. Their diet can include over 1000 different food items, like worms, insects, and carrion to scraps of food, fruit, and seeds. We gathered this list of the 10 Most Beautiful Ravens that are out in the wild.

1. Carrion Crow

The black crow, also known as European Crow, has a broad, flattened head, a shiny black body, and a very dense plumage. This crow’s feathers are black with a green or purple sheen, much greener than the rook’s gloss. The bill, legs, and feet are also black. They can be solitary, but non-breeding birds can form small flocks. 

2. Pied Crow

The Pied Crow is a handsome creature with black and white plumage, black tail, white underparts, and a black head. This species comes from sub-Saharan Africa, and it is slightly similar to the European Crow.

3. White-Necked Raven

The Hispaniolan white-necked raven has a much shorter tail than the common raven and a deeper bill with a white tip. Though predominantly black, the throat, breast, and neck show a faint purple gloss. There is a large patch of white feathers on the nape of the neck of most of them. This crow once inhabited Puerto Rico and Saint Croix, in the Virgin Islands.

4. Hooded Crow

The hooded crow‘s plumage is beige or gray, and the wings are metallic blue. The head, like the beak and legs, is black. This beautiful raven is often seen in the north of the Iberian Peninsula. Until recently, it was considered a subspecies of the black crow with which it is easily confused.

5. Jamaican Crow

This species‘ general appearance is that of a sooty gray bird, not as dazzling as its close relatives, although it does possess a similar dark gray patch of bare skin just behind the eye and a smaller exposed patch at the base of the beak. The bill itself is slate gray and quite deep, tapering to a sharp point. 

It is a forest crow by nature; it needs food that contains a significant part of fruit taken from trees, either in pairs or in small groups. Jamaican crows scan under the bark and litter for small invertebrates, etc., and is known to attack other bird and chick egg nests.

6. Common Raven

Birds from colder regions such as the Himalayas and Greenland are generally older with a slightly larger bill. Meanwhile, individuals from warmer areas are smaller with a proportionally smaller bill. The bill is strong, black, and slightly curved. The tail is relatively long, the neck is quite thick, and the iris is dark brown. The plumage is generally black but has blue and purple iridescent reflections. The throat feathers are elongated, and the base of the neck feathers is a pale gray-brown. The plumage of the young is similar to that of the adults but more matte, and the iris is blue-gray.

7. Northwestern Crow

The plumage of this species is practically identical to that of the American crow. They have shorter wing chords and tails, shorter tarsus, and smaller bills; it varies depending on their sex. Northwestern Crows are often found in the coastal regions and the islands of the southern coast of Alaska, plying south through British Columbia to Washington State. Beaches and coasts are the main forage areas. They can usually be seen in and around urban areas.

8. American Crow

The American crow is a bird with iridescent black feathers over its entire body. Its legs and paws are also black. They measure from 40 to 50 centimeters, of which the tail occupies 40%. Visual differentiation with the Fish Crow is extremely difficult and often impossible. However, differences other than size do exist. American Crows tend to have thinner legs and beaks. The Fish Crow also has the appearance of having shorter legs when walking.

9. Australian Crow or Little Crow

This species of passerine bird in the raven family endemic from Australia. It is very similar to the Torresian Crow because it has white feathers on its neck and head, but differs in size; it has a proportionally smaller bill. The Australian raven has a blue ring around the pupil and sometimes another blue or white-collar around the iris.

10. Torresian Crow

The Torresian crow is the same size as the Eurasian black crow, but the Torres crow has a more robust bill and slightly longer legs. It has the typical white iris of the other Australian species and can be distinguished from most by the white feathers found on the neck and head. 


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