The raven is one of the most widespread and familiar of birds. Historically people considered it a nuisance because it habitually raided garbage. However, the species’ intelligence and complex behavior makes a fascinating study.
Raven plays a mythological role in many cultures. For example, the myths of Pacific Northwest indigenous people portray the raven as the creator. Other traditions viewed the character as a trickster or messenger.
Ravens have a wide range of vocalizations. They engage in playful activity such as mock fighting and tumbling during flight. The raven has earned a well-deserved reputation for cleverness. Some have recently been observed waiting for vultures to break ostrich eggs. Then they gang up on the larger, stronger birds and steal the food.
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