Ravens

White-Necked Raven

Corvus albicollis

POPULATION STATUS

Least Concern

BODY LENGTH

Up to 21.3 inches

WINGSPAN

Up to 33.9 inches

WEIGHT

1.7 – 1.9 lbs

Who They Are

White-necked ravens:

  • Linus: hatched in 2009
  • Forrest: hatched in 2016
  • Zisou: Black-throated magpie jay (Calocitta colliei)

Where They Originate

White-necked ravens are found in eastern and southern Africa in open and mountainous habitat

Their Role at Avian Behavior International

Ravens belong to the family known as Corvids, which include jays, crows, and magpies. These are incredibly intelligent birds. White-necked ravens Linus and Forrest both demonstrate through a variety of behaviors how they interact with the world, even exploiting human activities and resources to their advantage.

Linus also suffered from lead poisoning due to tainted meat unknowingly fed to him at a different facility. His survival and handicap helps us talk about the dangers of lead use in bullets, fishing tackle, and other items that are disposed where wildlife comes into contact with this dangerous metal

Zisou engages guests on tours and helps people understand how the corvid family works.

How You Can Meet Them

You can get a truly special experience interacting with our White-necked ravens in our Exotic Bird Meet and Greet Experience and the Ultimate Bird of Prey Experience.

Forrest is also a pro in our free flight programs, and you can book an educational program for your event, school, museum, or library programs.

Zisou is one of the first birds to greet people on tours and is often part of our Exotic Bird Meet and Greet tours as well as our outreach programs.

Likes and Dislikes

Likes: Mimicking trainers’ voices

Dislikes: Linus has a hatred for steamed sweet potatoes. Forrest dislikes casual training sessions, he is always looking for a job to do

What You Might Not Know About These Birds

Ravens, like all corvids, are a member of the songbird family.

Ravens can learn to mimic voices and whistles, which can be a little disarming. Our White-necked ravens can speak the same words in a variety of voices, so you never know who is actually talking!

Ravens can exploit the environment by watching humans. Biologists have to be careful when doing nesting surveys if a raven family is around. They can endanger ground nesting birds by leading ravens straight to the nest.