Little Raven

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Little Raven

Corvus mellori


Breeds from April through to December. Both sexes build a stick nest in the fork of a tree up to 10 m high. Clutch size is 4-5 eggs and they are incubated by the female for 19-20 days. Both sexes feed the young.


Details Description
Type
Bird
Group
Raven
Identifying Characteristics

Size from 48-50 cm. Black, shiny plumage. Tapered wings, blunt wing tips and a long, slender tail.

Distinctive Markings

Short, fork-tipped throat hackles. Beak smaller and more curved than the Australian Raven.

Diet

Omnivore. Feeds mainly on vegetable matter including grains and fruits. Will also eat insects, small animals, eggs, refuse and carrion.

Habitat

Scrub, agricultural areas, grazing pasture, woodlands, treeless plains, coasts and suburbs.

Native Status
Native to Australia
Sounds
"Kar - kar - kar" or "ark - ark - ark - ark".
Taxonomy
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Passeriformes
Family
Corvidae
Genus
Corvus
Species
mellori
Ranges over south-eastern Australia from southern South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales. Also found on Kangaroo Island and King Island.

Distribution maps indicate current and historic locations where species have been sighted.

Source: Atlas of Living Australia

Conservation Status
DEPI Advisory List
Not listed
FFG Act
Not listed
EPBC Act
Not listed

The conservation status of species is listed within Victoria and Australia.

The Department of Environment and Primary Industry (DEPI) Advisory List consists of non-statutory advisory lists of rare or threatened flora and fauna within Victoria.

The Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 (FFG Act) lists threatened species in Victoria. Under the Act, an Action Statement is produced for each listed species.

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) is the Australian Government’s key piece of environmental legislation, listing nationally threatened native species and ecological communities.

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