The common Raven belongs to the Corvidae family: large perching birds that includes ravens, crows, jays, magpies, nutcrackers, and their relatives. This large black bird has a long head with a heavy, curved black bill. The sexes are similar in size and plumage, with males being slightly larger and darker. The wings are long, narrow, and pointed; the tail is wedge-shaped; the legs and feet are black. Ravens have dark brown eyes at maturity, a black mouth and tongue, and large nostrils hidden by feather tufts.
Plumage of adults is black, highlighted in bright sunlight with a purplish gloss to the body feathers, and a greenish gloss to the wing feathers. The bases of the head and body feathers are gray, and palest around the neck; adults have a shaggy feathering at the throat, visible when the bird is perched. Feathers of immature ravens have a duller, dark brown coloring. Ravens can be distinguished from crows by their larger size, longer body, deeper, more guttural voice, wedge-shaped tail, and heavier, more curved bill. Their flight alternates flapping, gliding on flat wings, and a hawk-like soaring which is characteristic of ravens, but not crows.
We do not currently have any resident Ravens.