Raven (Corvus corax tingitanus)
Species
Raven (Corvus corax). Taken on Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, on March 5th 2009.
Taken on Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, on March 5th 2009.
(1/125th sec at f5. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)
Raven (Corvus corax). Taken at Gilfach Farm, Powys, on May 5th 2018.
Taken at Gilfach Farm, Powys, on May 5th 2018.
(1/1000th sec at f13. Click image for larger version. © David Hastings)

Description

L: 54 - 67 cm; WS: 115 - 130 cm

The Raven is a large all-black passerine bird in the crow family. There are eight known subspecies with little variation in appearance. Subspecies tingitanus occurs in North Africa and the Canary Islands. It is the smallest subspecies, with the shortest throat hackles and a distinctly oily plumage gloss. Its bill is short but markedly stout. Over time, its plumage fades to dark brown on the head and body.

They are found mainly in the west and north of the British Isles, although they are expanding their range eastwards.

Ravens breed on deserted woods, in uplands and on coastal cliffs.

Young birds may travel in flocks, but later birds mate for life, with each mated pair defending a territory.

There are about 7400 pairs in the UK.

Sightings

07-Jul-2018 : Besselsleigh Wood, Oxon (1)
27-May-2018 : Bucknell Wood, Northants (2+)
20-May-2018 : Pewsey Downs NNR, Wilts (2)
05-May-2018 : Gilfach Farm, Powys (1)
03-May-2018 : Gwenffrwd-Dinas, Ceredigion (2)
21-Apr-2018 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (1)
15-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
14-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
13-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
12-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
11-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (6)
10-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
09-Mar-2018 : Fuerteventura, Canary Islands
30-Jan-2018 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)

16-Nov-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)
20-Sep-2017 : Cheyne Weare, Portland, Dorset (1)
19-Sep-2017 : Portland Bill, Dorset (3)
24-Aug-2017 : Pewsey Downs NNR, Wilts (2)
03-Aug-2017 : Otmoor, Oxon (3)
14-Jun-2017 : Daneway Banks, Gloucs (6)
10-Jun-2017 : Velebits National Park, Croatia
06-Jun-2017 : Irinovac, Croatia
06-Jun-2017 : Plitvicka Jezera National Park, Croatia
28-May-2017 : Pewsey Downs NNR, Wilts (4)

05-Nov-2016 : El Cabrito, Spain (2)
03-Nov-2016 : Los Riscos, Spain (2)
30-Jul-2016 : Aston Rowant NNR, Oxon (4)
07-Jul-2016 : Fermyn Wood, Northants (6)

23-Jul-2015 : Kresna Gorge, Bulgaria
16-Jun-2015 : Heddon Valley, Devon (4)
09-Apr-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
22-Mar-2015 : Otmoor, Oxon (1)

29-Nov-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
28-Aug-2014 : Otmoor, Oxon (2)
24-Aug-2014 : Parsonage Moor, Oxon (1)
09-Aug-2014 : Pewsey Downs NNR, Wilts (1)
29-Jul-2014 : Smardale Gill NNR, Cumbria (1)
28-Jul-2014 : Gait Barrows NNR, Lancashire (1)
18-Jun-2014 : Topolnica River, Bulgaria
09-May-2014 : Gwenffrwd-Dinas, Ceredigion (1)
08-May-2014 : Strumble Head, Pembrokeshire (1)
07-May-2014 : Poppit Sands, Pembrokeshire (1)
06-May-2014 : Martin's Haven, Pembrokeshire (2)
05-May-2014 : LLandewi-Brefi, Ceredigion (2)
04-May-2014 : Mwnt, Ceredigion (2)
04-May-2014 : Teifi Estuary, Ceredigion (2)