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Common Raven (Corvus corax), Whitehorse, Yukon | by R-Gasman
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Common Raven (Corvus corax), Whitehorse, Yukon

Yukon adopted the Common Raven as its official bird in October 1986.

 

The Common Raven, a large all-black bird, is the most widely distributed of all corvids. This bird can live more than 23 years in the wild.

 

The Raven is found throughout Yukon. It is a very intelligent bird, and it has been known to open boxes, use tools and communicate with other animals.

 

Common Ravens have coexisted with humans for thousands of years and in some areas have been so numerous that people have regarded them as pests. Part of their success as a species is due to their omnivorous diet; they are extremely versatile and opportunistic in finding sources of nutrition, feeding on carrion, insects, cereal grains, berries, fruit, small animals, nesting birds, and food waste.

 

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Taken on February 16, 2020