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Little Raven

(Corvus mellori)
Size: 48-50 cm
Weight: 425-650 g

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Little Raven at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

Frontal portrait of a Little Raven
[Near Hawker, SA, March 2008]

Near-lateral portrait of a Little Raven
[Near Hawker, SA, March 2008]

Lateral view of a Little Raven
[Near Hawker, SA, March 2008]

Near-dorsal view of a Little Raven (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Botanical Garden, Melbourne, VIC, October 2017]

The absence of pronounced hackles, the size of the bill and the shape of the tail all indicate that this bird is a Little Raven
[Near Narrabri, NSW, August 2010]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Frontal view of a juvenile Little Raven - note the pink gape (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Botanical Garden, Melbourne, VIC, October 2017]

Behaviour

Social behaviour: Communal/roaming Mobility: Sedentary/dispersive Elementary unit: Flock

Food, Diet

Adults: Omnivore Dependents: ? Water intake: Daily?

Like all members of the Corvus family known to us, Little Ravens are omnivores and scavengers.

Near-frontal view of a juvenile Little Raven plucking a caterpillar (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Botanical Garden, Melbourne, VIC, October 2017]

Although probably already dead, the immature Little Raven's prey is still trying to "abseil" - click on image to see the caterpillar hanging at the end of its silken thread (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[Botanical Garden, Melbourne, VIC, October 2017]

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