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Scientific classification edit
Kinrick: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Cless: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Faimily: Corvidae
Genus: Corvus
Species: C. corax
Binomial name
Corvus corax


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Common raven range
Corvus corax

The Corbie (Corvus corax), also kent as the Northren Raen or the Common Raen, is a lairge, aw-black passerine bird.[2] Foond athort the northren hemisphere, it is the maist widely distributit o aw corvids. Thare are at least aicht subspecies wi little variation in appearance—although recent research haes demonstratit signeeficant genetic differences amang populations frae various regions. It is ane o the twa lairgest corvids, alangside the Thick-billed Raen, an is possibly the hiviest passerine bird; at maturity, the Common Raen averages 63 centimetre (25 inches) in length an 1.2 kilogram (2.6 pound) in mass. Common Ravens can live up tae 21 years in the wild,[3] a lifespan exceedit amang passerines bi only a few Australasie species such as the Satin Bowerbird[4] an probably the lyrebirds. Young birds mey travel in flocks but later mate for life, wi each matit pair defendin a territory.

The Common Raen haes coexistit wi humans for thoosands o years an in some auries hae been so numerous that thay are considered a pest. Pairt o its success comes frae its omnivorous diet; Common Ravens are extremely versatile an opportunistic in findin soorces o nutrition, feedin on carrion, insects, cereal grains, berries, fruit, smaa ainimals, an fuid waste.

Some notable feats o problem-solvin hae been observed in the species, leadin tae the belief that it is heichly intelligent. Ower the centuries, it haes been the subject o meethology, folklore, airt, an leeteratur. In mony indigenous culturs, includin those o Scandinavie, auncient Ireland an Wales, Bhutan, the northwast coast o North Americae, an Siberie an northeast Asie, the Common Raen haes been revered as a spiritual figure or god.[5]

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  1. "Corvus corax". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T22706068A113271893. 2016. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2017-1.RLTS.T22706068A113271893.en.
  2. "Scottish National Dictionary (1700–) CORBIE". Dictionar o the Scots Leid. Retrieved 1 September 2020.
  3. Wasser, D. E.; Sherman, P.W. (2010). "Avian longevities and their interpretation under evolutionary theories of senescence". Journal of Zoology. 280 (2): 103–155. doi:10.1111/j.1469-7998.2009.00671.x.
  4. Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme Satin Bowerbird
  5. Jones, Noragh (1995). Power of Raven, Wisdom of Serpent. Floris Books. ISBN 0-940262-66-5.

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