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Australian Raven

A Unique Species: The Australian Raven

The Australian Raven (Corvus coronoides) is a species of passerine bird found mainly in Australia and parts of New Guinea. Populations of the Australian Raven exist in all Australian states, the Northern Territory and parts of the Pilbara, Kimberley, and even isolated locations in the less arid areas of southern Queensland.

These birds are considered to be one of the most distinctive bird species in Australia. They are quite large in size, with adults having a length of 57 to 65 cm and a wingspan of up to 113 cm. The colour of the plumage of the bird ranges from grey to black, and the eyes are yellow. They have a distinctive call, a “kronk” which is an audible way for them to communicate with others of their kind.

Behaviour and Habits of the Australian Raven

Australian Ravens establish permanent territories and vocalise to protect them from other birds. They often form pairs within their territories and maintain a violent relationship between the male and female.

Australian Ravens are omnivores and opportunistic feeders. They will often scavenge for food such as carrion, ants and even other birds’ chicks. They also take advantage of man-made food sources, such as garbage and kitchen scraps. In addition, they eat a variety of grains, fruits, and nuts.

These birds are also known to be quite vocal and are active during the day. They make numerous calls which include various types of croaks, chirps and even trills. The Australian Raven is also one of the few species of birds able to mimic human speech!

Nesting and Reproduction of the Australian Raven

Australian Ravens build a variety of nests depending on the species of tree they are nesting in. Generally, they are cup-shaped nests made of twigs, lining them with moss and soft grass. They usually nest alone but have been known to nest in colonies.

The breeding season usually begins from August to October, though this can vary depending on the region. Usually up to 4 eggs are laid and incubated for about three weeks by both the male and female. Once hatched, both parents tend to the chicks with males doing the preening and fighting off potential predators. The young can fledge after about 4-5 weeks.

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Threats to the Australian Raven Population

The Australian Raven is an adaptable species. However, they do face threats such as habitat destruction caused by deforestation and urbanisation, and exploitation of their habitats for economic gain.

In addition, they are often classified as offenders when it comes to their habitat destruction and nest stealing. Due to this, they are often persecuted by farmers or hunted. There have also been cases of through trawling, wind farms, and a decline in prey species.

Conservation and Protection of the Australian Raven

The Australian Raven is a protected species and it is illegal to trap or harm the bird. As such, there are a number of conservation initiatives that are working to protect the species.

In Australia, the species is protected from hunting and disturbance and offered legal protection from land developers. In 2008, the Australian Raven was listed as an endangered species in New South Wales.

In addition, scientists and conservationists are making great efforts to ensure the survival of the species through breeding and hand rearing, as well as providing habitat protection, and raising public awareness of the species and its importance in the Australian ecosystem.


The Australian Raven is an impressive and unique species with a distinctive call and yellow eyes. Its presence adds a unique flavor to the Australian landscape and it is important that these birds are protected so that their habitat can be preserved and their population restored. With the various conservation efforts being undertaken, this species of bird is sure to survive the test of time.

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