Julian is an unreleasable Raven living at Horizon Wings Raptor Rehabilitation And Education Center. He was found as a fledgling with a badly broken and infected wing which left him flightless. He stays at our center as an educational animal. xxx.horizonwings.org
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“Some native tribes refer to them as the ‘keeper of secrets’. They are linked to the void, where universal secrets are kept. Obviously, their black colour is the colour linked to darkness, the place where unconscious fear resides. Ravens are master magicians and represent transformational energy, revealing to us how to rid ourselves of our inner fears. Raven will show you how to go within in yourself, into the dark areas and then illuminate them, making you ‘sparkle’ and bringing out your true self. Inner conflicts should then be resolved, however long buried they are - this is the deepest healing.”
Really guys? Awwww.
You’re making my feathers go all tingly with warm feelings.
Tail Feathers and DIK
Ravens have wedge-shaped tails and crows have fan-shaped tails. When you see the bird flying overhead, you can often get a good look at the shape of the tail. (Drawing by Jenifer Rees. Courtesy of WDFW.)
Did you know?
- Ravens have wedge-shaped tails and crows have fan-shaped tails.
- Common ravens have a well-developed ruff of feathers on the throat, which are called ‘hackles.’
- The raven is an acrobatic flier and has even been observed flying upside down.
- A group of ravens has many collective nouns, including a “bazaar”, “constable”, and “rant” of ravens.
- Corvus albicollis – White-necked Raven
- Corvus corax – Common Raven
- Corvus coronoides – Australian Raven
- Corvus crassirostris – Thick-billed Raven
- Corvus edithae – Dwarf Raven
- Corvus cryptoleucus – Chihuahuan Raven
- Corvus mellori – Little Raven
- Corvus rhipidurus – Fan-tailed Raven
- Corvus ruficollis – Brown-necked Raven
- Corvus tasmanicus – Forest Raven
- C. t. boreus – Relict Raven
Why is a Raven Like a Writing Desk?
Have you Ever Wondered What Makes a Raven Like a Writing Desk?
If you’ve ever read Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass, you might have pondered this question in the past. Just why is a raven like a writing desk?
Here are a few answers to that most mysterious of questions:
- A raven is like a writing desk, because Poe wrote on both - that is, Edgar Allen Poe wrote ‘The Raven’, and therefore wrote on ravens in a metaphorical sense, but he also wrote on a writing desk (presumably) in a literal sense.
- Because you can’t drink a cup of tea out of either - a nice, whimsical answer that would seem to fit with the rest of the nonsense going on around Alice.
- Because they are both inky - the colour of a raven, black, could be described as inky, and a writing desk which has seen any substantial use will also be covered in ink stains, and thus, ‘inky’ as well.
- Because they both have wings - an old-fashioned writing desk would have a drop-down or pull-out writing surface to save space when it wasn’t in use. This surface was called a wing or a leaf. Ravens, of course, have the usual kind of wings.
But what did Lewis Carrol have to say on the subject? Well, he was adamant that there was no answer - that the point of the riddle was to be nonsensical, and it had served its purpose as such. But of course, this is the land of make believe, so you can believe whatever you want!
Scientifically Proven: I will point and laugh at your dumbass
Definitely not bird brains! Ravens are the only species other than apes who can ‘point’ and share objects like humans
Last updated at 8:35 AM on 30th November 2011
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2067732/Ravens-species-apes-point-share-objects-like-humans.html#ixzz1fDikb3k4
Ravens ‘point to’ objects to attract each other’s attention in a similar way to humans, research has discovered.
Until now, it was thought the only animals which communicate this way were apes.
But a study by German and Austrian experts revealed ravens to be far more intelligent than previously thought.
Clever: A raven on Uist in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. the birds have been observed to use objects to point and share, like humans do
They observed wild ravens using their beaks to show and offer each other objects such as moss, stones and twigs.
The birds, which belong to the corvid family with crows and magpies, made signals using their beaks as if they were hands. The experts likened this to the way very young children point and hold up objects as a way of saying ‘look here’ or ‘take this’.
The gestures were mainly between ravens of the opposite sex and helped them become closer. The ravens that attracted a potential mate using them often ended up ‘sharing’ the object with their friend.
The study’s author, Dr Simone Pika, of the Max Planck Institute in Berlin, said it was the first evidence ravens use gestures ‘to test the interest of a potential partner or to strengthen an already existing bond’.
Dr Pika added: ‘These results provide the first evidence that ravens also use so called deictic gestures in order to test the interest of a potential partner or to strengthen an already existing bond.
'We observed that ravens use their beaks similar to hands to show and offer objects such as moss, stones and twigs.
'These distinct gestures were predominantly aimed at partners of the opposite sex and resulted in frequent orientation of recipients to the object and the signallers.
'Subsequently, the ravens interacted with each other, for example, by example billing or joint manipulation of the object.'
Birds of a feather: Interaction was mainly between ravens of the opposite sex and helped them become closer by sharing the object
Dr Pika said that ravens are songbirds belonging to the corvid family like crows and magpies, and they surpass most of the other avian species in terms of intelligence.
He said: ‘Their scores on various intelligence tests are similarly high than those of great apes.
'Ravens in particular can be characterised by complex intra-pair communication, relatively long-time periods to form bonds and a relatively high degree of cooperation between partners.
'Gesture studies have too long focused on communicative skills of primates only.
'The mystery of the origins of human language, however, can only be solved if we look at the bigger picture and also consider the complexity of the communication systems of other animal groups.'