Chihuahuan Raven – Sirius

Name: Sirius – Male

Species: Chihuahuan Raven

Liberty Arrival: 2022 / Adult

Injury/Condition: Imprint

Sirius was found out flying and landing on people and begging for food. His obvious non-fear of humans shows he had been held in captivity for an extended period of time, and would continue to make contact with humans for food. He was brought to Liberty Wildlife and had become a welcome addition to the education team.

Sirius is named for Sirius Black, a fictional character in Harry Potter.

Chihuahuan Raven Facts

Description: Chihuahuan ravens are between an American crow and common raven size. Unlike common ravens who are entirely black, the bases of the body and neck feathers on chihuauan ravens are white.

Habitat: Chihuahuan ravens inhabit dry areas where common ravens and American crows are less common. Grasslands, deserts with yucca, and small trees like mesquite and creosote are where they thrive.

Range: Chihuahuan ravens are found throughout the southwest U.S. and northern Mexico

Life span: Chihuahuan ravens typically live about 8 to 15 years in the wild, although lifespans of up to 40 years in captivity have been recorded.

Prey: Chihuahuan ravens will eat almost anything they can find including carrion, small animals, eggs, insects, fish, grains, and berries, as well as many types of human and pet food.

Nests: Female chihuahuan ravens build large, bulky nests with mesquite twigs and branches lined with softer material. Paris will frequently reuse nests.

Babies: Chihuahuan ravens lay 1 – 8 eggs in a clutch. Babies hatch after about 18 – 20 days. Youngsters fledge (learn to fly) about 35 days later.