CROW AND RAVEN SOUNDS

By far the easiest way to tell a crow from a raven is by the sound they make.

Crows caw and ravens have more of a croaking sound. But that's a great simplification of their complicated call sets.

Here are just few examples to help you tell them apart:

CROW VOCALIZATIONS

ALARM CALL

This is probably the most common corvid you'll hear in a city. This example is Marvin and Mavis expressing their displeasure at our cat being out on the deck.

 

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CROW "RATTLE" CALL

This is another crow call, less often heard because it's a softer, more intimate form of crow-munication.

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RAVEN VOCALIZATIONS

RAVEN LOCATION CALL

This seems to be the most common raven call I hear, both in the city and in the mountains.

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RAVEN KNOCKING CALL

This beautiful sound is more like the crow's rattle call - more subtle and melodic - almost like water dripping or a hollow bamboo tube being tapped.

See also: When The Raven Knocks

RAVEN RECITATION

In this clip a raven seems to be performing a jazz concert of different subtle sounds — an example of how complex corvid language can be.

 

RAVEN COUPLE MAKING AFFECTIONATE/CHATTING SOUNDS

The quiet domestic banter between established couples is, perhaps, my favourite of all raven sounds.

 

 

 

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