Bird Sightings : Hebrides : Raven
(Common Raven, Northern Raven, Corbie)
Photograph © John Dempsey
Ardivarchar - North Uist - Outer Hebrides (Western Isles)
October 21st , 2006
Our Raven photographs
- Corvus corax
- Gaelic: Fitheach
- UK: Resident breeder
- UK: 13,000 pairs (summer) BTO
- WI: Fairly common resident breeder (100-999 breeding pairs)
- Habitat: Almost everywhere. Europe (UK West & North), Asia, North America, Middle East....(breeds on inaccessible cliffs - inland & coastal, also will use buzzard or heron nests)
- Diet: Opportunist! road kill, dead sheep, rubbish tip forager, some plants, living prey, also is a thief
- Bigger than buzzard. All black. Metallic sheen. Very heavy large bill. Long, narrow "fingered" wings. Diamond-shaped tail in flight. Soars. Wary. Often in pairs.
- Max recorded age 17yrs 11mths
- Listen to a Raven (RSPB site)
- Similar birds: Carrion Crow
- PROTECTED BY LAW
The Welsh name for the Raven is Cigfran which means "butcher, meat, crow". The Raven or another crow is usually the first bird to find the road kill or a dead seal on the beach.
Most Ravens are residents, some non-breeders and young birds wander a short distance from their breeding areas.
Ravens are probably the birds with the highest intelligence. It is thought that they might be as intelligent as the canines; dogs and wolves.
Ravens can mimic speech.
Two or more Ravens are called an unkindness.
Raven records in the Western Isles
Fairly common resident breeder (100-999 breeding pairs)
Source: Outer Hebrides Bird Report (2001)
On the chart below the darker the shade of blue the more abundant the bird is during a month or the more likely you are to see it.
(Source: Outer Hebrides Birds Checklist)
Other local bird photographs
Sources of information for the bird sightings section
John's Blog of his two week stay in the Uists