Little Raven - Corvus mellori


Ask most Australians to name the large black bird in the picture and they will say it's a crow. But it isn't, it's a raven - a Little Raven. Not that there is a lot of difference between crows and ravens in Australia except that ravens are usually a bit bigger than crows and have longer feathers on their throat which stick out when they are angry. Nevertheless, experienced bird watchers do tend to get quite annoyed when a raven is called or crow, or vice versa.

All Australian ravens and crows are scavengers. That is they eat whatever they can get, which is often dead animals killed on the road, eggs from other birds' nests or even a sandwich left unattended at a picnic area in the bush or in the backyard.