[Tweeters] Differences In How Crows and Ravens Fly

Devon Comstock devonc78 at gmail.com
Thu Jul 6 03:18:14 PDT 2017


Ravens have a coffin-shaped tail. Makes sense, right? ;)

Devon
Wenatchee



On Jul 5, 2017 10:59 PM, "Hans-Joachim Feddern" <thefedderns at gmail.com>
wrote:


> In my experience, Ravens are vocal in flight. We have suspected a breeding

> pair in Dash Point State Park for a few years now. I have only seen one or

> both of them a few times this year flying towards the park. My attention

> was always called by their croaking (instead of crows cawing). Most field

> guides will describe a ravens table as "wedge"- shaped...

>

> Hans

>

> On Wed, Jul 5, 2017 at 3:48 PM, Rick Tyler <rhtyler at gmail.com> wrote:

>

>> Ravens frequently soar, crows rarely do. I have seen soaring crows in a

>> high wind, but it's pretty rare.

>>

>> Ravens are also (generally) quiet when flying, while crows are noisy.

>>

>> Crows also look more compact when flying, and have those feathery wing

>> tips that can bend up a little. To me, Ravens look like flying crosses,

>> with relatively longer tails and heads.

>>

>> And, of course, the classic difference is that crows have semi-circular

>> tails and and ravens have spade-shaped tails.

>>

>> I really liked "Ravens in Winter" by Bernd Heinrich. John Marzluff of UW

>> has written a couple of good books on crows.

>>

>> -- Rick

>>

>> On Wed, Jul 5, 2017 at 3:34 PM, Scott Clausen <scottclausen at mac.com>

>> wrote:

>>

>>> Hello,

>>>

>>> During the recent holiday a relative told me that you can distinguish

>>> crows and ravens by how they fly. He stated that crows always flap their

>>> wings while ravens will glide and flap intermittently? IS this a valid way

>>> to distinguish the two in flight?

>>>

>>> Also, does anyone have a good recommendation for a book on the corvids?

>>>

>>> Thanks for your time.

>>>

>>> Scott Clausen

>>> Sequim

>>>

>>>

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>> Rick Tyler

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> *Hans Feddern*

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