Ravens are carnivorous

What do ravens and crows eat? Diet and feeding

Ravens and crows are omnivores, i. H. they eat both meat and vegetables.

As for the diet of meat, these birds feed on small insects, worms, caterpillars, spiders, amphibians (toads and frogs), smaller reptiles (snakes, lizards), small mammals (mice, rats, shrews, rabbits), birds ( their young and eggs) and carrion (dead animals). They also eat fish, mollusks, and shellfish when they live on beaches.

The plant-based diet includes cereals, berries, fruits and nuts.

In addition, ravens and crows can consume undigested parts of animal feces and food leftovers from humans. The placenta of cattle that graze in the mountains is also very often consumed by the ravens and crows.

Characteristics of the ravens and crows

They are large birds that prefer to inhabit coastal or forest areas near bodies of water. They have a sturdy body, a small head, a thick neck, a long, curved beak, strong legs, a long wedge-shaped tail, and long, narrow wings. Their plumage is jet black with iridescent blue and purple tones. They are between 50 and 70 centimeters long and their weight varies between 0.7 and 1.7 kilograms.

They are sociable animals that often live in groups of two to six birds. They keep the same partner throughout their life and generally always stay in the same area and defend it from other conspecifics. They build their nests in elevated places, such as tree tops, a ledge or, more often, on old buildings or electricity pylons. The nest is cup-shaped and consists of branches, roots, mud and bark.

Crows are shy and fearful birds, but when they live near urban centers they develop perfectly. They can even be tamed easily. They have great intelligence and an excellent ability to mimic sounds, including the human voice. In the wild, they typically live 10 to 15 years, while life expectancy in captivity is around 13 years.