froze1115809 asked in PetsBirds · 1 decade ago

What is the difference between a raven and a a crow?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    ra·ven n. A large bird (Corvus corax) having black plumage and a croaking cry.

    crow n. Any of several large glossy black birds of the genus Corvus, having a characteristic raucous call, especially C. brachyrhynchos of North America.

    Crow

    crow, partially migratory black bird of the same family as the raven, the magpie, the jay, and the rook and the jackdaw of Europe. The American, or common, crow, about 19 in. (49 cm) long, has a wingspread of over 3 ft (92 cm). Crows eat some eggs and nestlings and grain, but destroy many harmful insects and rodents. In winter they gather at night by thousands in communal roosts. Crows, along with the other members of the family Corvidae, are considered to be the most intelligent of all birds. They are easily tamed and can learn to mimic some human sounds. Their throaty caw is familiar, although they can also produce a musical warble. The fish crow of the Atlantic and Gulf coasts is smaller than the common crow. The carrion crow of Great Britain is a flesh-eating bird 18 to 20 in. (46–51 cm) long. Crows are classified in the phylum Chordata, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Passeriformes, family Corvidae.

    Raven

    raven, common name for the largest member of the family Corvidae (crow family), ranging throughout the arctic and temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. The raven, Corvus corax, is a glossy black scavenging bird about 26 in. (66 cm) long, with a call resembling a guttural croak. Long the subject of superstition and legend, the raven can be tamed and taught to mimic human speech. Ravens are classified in the phylum Chordata, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Passeriformes, family Corvidae.

    See studies by B. Heinrich (repr. 1991; 1999).

  • 1 decade ago

    Ravens are solitary except for mateing, though they do not mate for life. They are also smaller and squatter than a crow, but also much more intelligent depending on the specie of the raven

    Source(s): Americas Bird Book
  • 1 decade ago

    A crow is a family of a certain type of bird - a raven is a subset of that family.

    For a complete run down, try http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-the-difference-bet...

    Caw!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    They both belong to the genus corvidae. Ravens are much larger, but of course there is much more to learn. Ravens are very smart, crows are smart to but less so. Please visit the site below and it will answer your questions above, and others that have yet to pop into your mind. Corvidae are really cooool...

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  • 1 decade ago

    ravens walk rather than hop,ravens are more intelligent and can be taught to talk.ravens are more beautiful than the common crow.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Crows are larger and make that CAAAWWWW sound.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Here in Mexico one is called Sanate and the other is called Cuervo .

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Size, for one thing. Check out this site:

    http://www.shades-of-night.com/aviary/difs.html

  • 1 decade ago

    ravens are shorter and fatter, and dont live in flocks

  • 1 decade ago

    There is no difference

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