Crows and Ravens

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  1.   1.  Description
    1.   1.1  Raven vs Crow
    2.   1.2  American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)
    3.   1.3  Common Raven (Corvus corax)
  2.   2.  Speech
  3.   3.  Uses
  4.   4.  More
  5.   5.  'Souls
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Common Name Crows, ravens
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1.  Description

1.1  Raven vs Crow

There are marked differences in size between the two birds, amongst other things -- nonetheless, they bear many similarities and have been condensed under one page.

1.2  American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

The American Crow is a distinctive bird with iridescent black feathers all over. The subspecies found in 'Souls is the largest. It is distinguished from the Raven by its smaller, more curved bill than the parallel bill of the raven, and its squared tail.

The most usual call is a loud, short, and rapid caaw-caaw-caaw. Usually, the birds thrust their heads up and down as they utter this call. American Crows can also produce a wide variety of sounds and sometimes mimic noises made by other animals, including other birds.

The American Crow is omnivorous. It will feed on invertebrates of all types, carrion, scraps of human food, seeds, eggs and nestlings, stranded fish on the shore and various grains. American Crows are active hunters and will prey on mice, frogs, and other small animals. In winter and autumn, the diet of American Crows is more dependent on nuts and acorns.

1.3  Common Raven (Corvus corax)

A mature Common Raven ranges between 56 and 78 cm (22 to 30 inches) in length, with a wingspan of 100 to 150 cm (40 to 59 in). Apart from its greater size, the Common Raven differs from its cousins, the crows, by having a larger and heavier, black beak, shaggy feathers around the throat and above the beak, and a wedge-shaped tail.

The species has a distinctive, deep, resonant prruk-prruk-prruk call, which to experienced listeners is unlike that of any other corvid. Its very wide and complex vocabulary includes a high, knocking toc-toc-toc, a dry, grating kraa, a low guttural rattle and some calls of an almost musical nature. In flight the feathers produce a creaking sound that has been likened to the rustle of silk.

Common Ravens can be very long-lived, especially in captive or protected conditions; individuals at the Tower of London have lived for more than 40 years. Lifespans in the wild are considerably shorter at typically 10 to 15 years.

2.  Speech

According to our Speech Guide, this creature speaks Low Speech naturally. It is therefore not able to communicate with Luperci in its natural state. However, this creature is listed as having the ability to comprehend high speech, and may be able to learn to speak broken high speech.

3.  Uses

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4.  More

5.  'Souls

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