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Grand Canyon Raven at Hopi Point 0081 | by Grand Canyon NPS
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Grand Canyon Raven at Hopi Point 0081

Ravens are one of the most; extremely common birds in Grand Canyon National Park. People ask questions about them because they look like a crow but are larger and have a bigger bill. Crows can also been seen at Grand Canyon, but they are more rare then the raven. Ravens catch visitors' attention because of their loud and sometimes obnoxious sounds and their all black bodies soaring through the air. Ravens are the largest bird in the corvid family which includes magpies and jays… a very intelligent family of birds. These birds are found throughout the world in climates ranging from deserts to mountains, as it is seen here at Grand Canyon. Here at 7000 ft elevation on the rim of the canyon, ravens thrive. They also can be found down at the very bottom of Grand Canyon at a much lower elevation and in a much different environment and climate. Ravens are social birds. They tend to form groups where ever they inhabit and will generally fly in flocks. They eat pretty much anything from nuts, insects, carrion and small animals like rodents. NPS photo by Michael Quinn.

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Taken on December 6, 2010