Raven

Irish Name: Fiach dubh
Scientific name: Corvus corax
Bird Family: Crows
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Conservation status

Status

Widespread resident throughout Ireland, especially in upland areas.

Identification

Our largest breeding songbird, slightly larger than a Buzzard. In all plumages, the body, legs and bill are black. In flight, has long and rather narrow wings, with a distinctive wedge-shaped tail. Soars occasionally and performs aerobatics

Voice

A variety of very loud and distinctive calls.

Diet

Feeds mostly on insects and their larvae, worms and other subterranean invertebrates, using their curved bills to dig them out of the soil. They will also eat berries, grain, small mammals and birds and, in true crow fashion, pretty much anything else they can find.

Breeding

Ravens are usually one of the first species to start breeding in the year (February/March). The nest is a large eyrie on a cliff or in the crown of a tree. Traditionally restricted upland areas, Ravens are increasingly reported from lowland and even suburban areas.

Wintering

Largely sedentary within their territories, though some may move to coastal and lowland areas.

Monitored by

Countryside Bird Survey.

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Rúcach
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Scientific name:
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