Common Raven

Common RavenCommon Raven - Martin Batt

Where and when to see: Most commonly sighted on the coastal path along the south cliffs

Latin name: Corvus corax

At 56-69cm long and with a wingspan of 115-130cm the Raven is the largest of the Corvid family. It has an entirely black plumage that has an iridescent tint. The beak is thick and powerful and curves down on the top. Ravens build a nest out of sticks on inaccessible cliff ledges, trees or even occasionally a power pylon and will pair for life. They are omnivorous, making them very opportunistic scavengers that will often be seen frequenting carrion.

Status in Alderney: Rare Breeder

Status in UK (RSPB Criteria): Green

Worldwide Status (IUCN Red List and Population Trend): Least Concern; Increasing