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Although they are of the same family, how do you tell a raven from a crow
This is just one of those little things that come up to annoy me from time to time.
asked in wildlife, natural history, birds

Hiheels answers:

A raven's bigger http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-the-difference-between-a-raven-and-a-crow.htm

...and mad of course (chortle guffaw).

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imfeduptoo answers:

Crows account for an entire family of birds, Corvidae, that includes the raven species. That is, all ravens are crows, but crows can be ravens, jays, or magpies. The issue gets a little confusing because of how people typically use the terms; many commonly refer to ravens and crows as species, both in the genus Corvus. While these two blackbirds have many similarities, there are differences in their appearance, behavior, and habitat.


When I asked my grandad, this question many years ago he told me: 'A crow in a crowd is a raven and a raven on it's own is a crow'.

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rasputin1309 answers:

I've heard more or less the same old adage, (but for rooks and crows) - if you see a crow with a friend then it is a rook and if you see a rook by itself it is a crow)

i.e. crows are solitary creatures whereas rooks are sociable - not being a bird expert I wouldn't really know but I like the adage!

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