Common Raven – Beaker

Name: Beaker – Male

Species: Common Raven

Liberty Arrival: Spring 2010/Nestling

Injury/Condition: Damaged lower beak

Beaker was found in Wickenberg, Arizona, with indications that electrical shock had damaged his lower beak. Although he learned to eat with that damaged beak, Liberty personnel feared that he would have trouble competing for food in the wild.  He joined the education group.

Common Raven Facts

Common ravens occur over most of the Northern Hemisphere in nearly any habitat.  They do well around human habitations including rural and suburban locations.

Life span: Common ravens typically live about 10 to 15 years in the wild although lifespans of up to 40 years in captivity have been recorded.

Prey: Common 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.

Babies/Nests: Raven stick nests are built on cliffs, in trees, and on structures such as power-line towers, billboards, and bridges.  Tree nests tend to be in a crotch high in the tree.  The female will lay between 3 and 7 eggs that will hatch in 20 to 25 days and youngsters fledge about 50 days later.