|The Raven is a large, shiny, completely
black bird. They occur throughout
the west from low deserts and forests to mountains. They have an
omnivorous diet, and consume: carrion, reptiles, amphibians, birds eggs,
insects, plants, and when they can get it, human food and garbage.
The Raven in the photo was found
mooching off the tourists in the Grand Canyon.
Ravens mate for life. During courting the male will
attract the females attention by flying around the female, performing
aerial acrobatics. The pair will nest in the spring, building a large
nest of sticks, twigs and vines, usually in a tall tree or on a cliff
edge. The female lays between 4-6 blotched, greenish eggs which take 3
weeks to incubate. Young leave the nest about 5 weeks after hatching.