The Australian Eastern Raven (Corvus coronoides coronoides) is a medium-sized black bird.
The Australian Eastern Raven is all black, with a black beak and grey-black legs. The upperparts have glossy feathers, with a purplish sheen. It has throat hackles with rounded tips (that looks like a beard). It has white eyes. The upper beak (mandible) has short bristles. The beak is tipped with a slight hook.
It grows to 53 centimetres (21 inches) tall.
It likes woodlands and urban environments, common to Canberra and Sydney. It is territorial, and chases away other animals, and people, from their territory.
It is an omnivorous scavenger bird, eating scraps of food, such as meat, insects, spiders, centipedes, earthworms, beetles, and caterpillars. It walks along the ground, and hops sometimes, looking for food.
The Australian Eastern Raven mates for life. They are often seen in pairs. Their nest is bowl-shaped, made of sticks, and located in tall trees. Both parents make the nest. Females lay 4-6 blue-green eggs, which hatch after about 20 days. The chicks are born altricial (naked, blind and helpless). Their eyes open about five days after hatching, and they gain all of their feathers after about 36 days.
Their life expectancy is about three years.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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