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  Little Raven (Corvus mellori)





Little Raven | Corvus mellori photo
Little Raven Corvus mellori]] in Cranbourne, Victoria

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LITTLE RAVEN FACTS

Description
The Little Raven is a species of crow from south east Australia. It is black with a white eye. The throat feathers (hackles) are fairly short. The bill and legs are black. Juveniles are similar to adults with blue eye, younger birds have brown eyes. It is similar to the Torresian Crow but range has little overlap. Often seen in flocks.

Size
50 cm

Habitat
open woodland, open forest, scrubland, farmland, towns

Food
insects, but are omnivorous

Breeding
The nest is a shallow cup made of sticks with bark, grass and wool situated on a forked branch of a tree. The female lays four or five eggs.

Range
The Little Raven is fond in New South Wales, Victoria and south east South Australia.

distribution map showing range of Corvus mellori in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License




Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Passeriformes
Family:Corvidae
Genus:Corvus
Species:mellori
Common Name:Little Raven

Relatives in same Genus
  Little Crow (C. bennetti)
  Australian Raven (C. coronoides)
  Torresian Crow (C. orru)
  House Crow (C. splendens)
  Forest Raven (C. tasmanicus)