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Chihuahuan Raven (Corvus cryptoleucus)
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Chihuahuan Raven (Corvus cryptoleucus)

General Description: Chihuahuan Ravens (Corvus cryptoleucus) are large, all-black birds with a long, rounded tail, a heavy bill, and a shaggy ruff of feathers around the throat. This species is smaller than the Common Raven of the Mojave Desert, and the bristly nasal feathers extend farther onto the bill. If the wind blows just right, you might be able to see that the downy neck feathers are white, hence that previous common name: white-necked raven.

Taxonomy: Passeriformes, Corvidae.

Favored Habitat: Southwestern desert horn-scrub and open grasslands.

Chihuahuan Raven (Corvus cryptoleucus)

Where to Find: Don't look for Chihuahuan Ravens around Las Vegas. Rather, look for them from southern Arizona to south Texas and north to southeastern Colorado and southwestern Kansas.

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Chihuahuan Raven (Corvus cryptoleucus)
Chihuahuan Raven; note the shaggy throat feathers and the long nasal bristles that extend far out onto the bill (arrow)
Chihuahuan Raven (Corvus cryptoleucus)
Notice the rounded tail, which marks this as a raven, not a crow, but also it is more rounded than the deltoid tail of a Common Raven
Chihuahuan Raven (Corvus cryptoleucus)
Notice the shaggy throat feathers
Chihuahuan Raven (Corvus cryptoleucus)
Notice the shaggy throat feathers
Chihuahuan Raven (Corvus cryptoleucus) Chihuahuan Raven (Corvus cryptoleucus)
Chihuahuan Raven (Corvus cryptoleucus) Chihuahuan Raven (Corvus cryptoleucus)
Chihuahuan Raven (Corvus cryptoleucus) Chihuahuan Raven (Corvus cryptoleucus)
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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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