Ravens are larger--much larger (almost half as big with a wingspan of up to 5 feet!!!). Ravens are bulkier and have heavier beaks. They also have shaggy feathering around their thick necks. In flight, the wedge-shaped tail and huge, broad wings are also obvious.
Most people do not know that there are over 120 species of corvid family of birds---including many jays, choughs and treepies---not just crows, ravens and magpies. Well, I was not certain where to begin with this fascinating family of birds so I decided to start with telling you the biggest and the smallest amongst them. The largest corvids are the Common Raven (Corvus corax) and the Thick-billed Raven (Corvus crassirostris), both of which regularly exceed 1400 grams (3 lbs) and 65 cm (26 inches).1 I will do thorough posts about these specific birds in the next couple of days. For now I will share a picture of each.
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corvidae [↩]