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Common Raven
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae
Genus: Corvus (partim)

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Raven is the common name given to several larger-bodied members of the genus Corvus—but in Europe and North America the Common Raven is normally implied.

Species include:


Nest of raven in tree

Smaller-bodied species in the genus Corvus include the crows, jackdaws and the rook.

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1911 encyclopedia

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From LoveToKnow 1911

'RAVEN (O.E.' hrcefn, Icel. hrafn, Dan. ravn, Du. Raaf, Ger. Rabe), the largest of the birds of the order Passeres, and a member of the family Corvidae, probably the most highly developed of all birds. Quick-sighted, sagacious and bold, the raven preys on the spoils of fishers and hunters, as also on weakly 1 An illustration appears in Sonnerat's Voyages aux Indes orien-- tales (Paris, 1806), vol. i. p. 182.

animals among flocks and herds. A sentiment of veneration or superstition has from remote ages and among many races attached to it. The raven is associated with various characters of history, sacred or profane - Noah and Elijah, Odin and Flokki, the last of whom by its means discovered Iceland. It is said to have played its part in the mythology of the Red Indian; and it has often figured in prose and verse, from the time of Shakespeare to that of Poe and Dickens. Superstition has been generally succeeded by persecution, which in many districts has produced extirpation.

The raven breeds very early in the year, in England resorting to its nest, which is usually an ancient if not an ancestral structure, about the middle or towards the end of January. Therein are laid from five to seven eggs of the common Corvine coloration (see CRow), and the young are hatched before the end of February. In more northern countries the breeding season is naturally delayed, but everywhere this species is almost, if not quite, the earliest breeder. The raven measures about 26 in. in length, and has an expanse of wing considerably exceeding a yard. Its bill and feet are black, and the same may be said of its whole plumage, but the feathers of the upper parts as well as of the breast are glossy, reflecting a bright purple or steel-blue. The species (Corvus corax) inhabits the whole of Europe, and the northern if not the central parts .of Asia; but in the latter continent its southern range is not well determined. In America it is, or used to be, found from the shores of the Polar Sea to Guatemala if not to Honduras, but is said hardly to be found of late years in the eastern part of the United States. In Africa its place is taken by three allied but well-differentiated species, two of which (Corvus umbrinus, readily distinguished by its brown neck, and C. affinis, having its superior nasal bristles upturned vertically) also occur in south-western Asia, while the third (C. leptonyx or C. tingitanus, a smaller species characterized by several slight differences) inhabits Barbary and the Atlantic Islands. Farther to the southward in the Ethiopian region three more species appear whose plumage is varied with white - C. scapulatus, C. albicollis, and C. crassirostris - the first two of small size, but the last rivalling the real raven in that respect. (A. N.)

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Proper noun




  1. A female given name for a girl with raven hair, used since the 1970s.


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Robert J. Raven

Curator of arthropods at the Queensland Museum in Brisbane, Australia.

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Heb. 'orebh, from a root meaning "to be black" (comp. Song 5:11); first mentioned as "sent forth" by Noah from the ark (Gen 8:7). "Every raven after his kind" was forbidden as food (Lev 11:15; Deut 14:14). Ravens feed mostly on carrion, and hence their food is procured with difficulty (Job 38:41; Ps 1479). When they attack kids or lambs or weak animals, it is said that they first pick out the eyes of their victims (Prov 30:17). When Elijah was concealed by the brook Cherith, God commanded the ravens to bring him "bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening" (1 Kg 17:3-6). (See ELIJAH.)

There are eight species of ravens in Palestine, and they are everywhere very numerous in that land.

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Common Raven
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae
Genus: Corvus

A raven is a big, black bird. It is similar to a crow but is a little different. The raven's feathers are all black, but a crow has feathers that are white at the bottom. These cannot be seen from a distance.

The most famous raven is in the Edgar Allen Poe story called "The Raven".

The common raven can be easily tamed, but is mischievous and sly, and has been well known regarded as a bird of evil and mysterious character.[1]


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