The Common Raven is a large, hawk-sized black bird with a thick bill and a shaggy neck. In flight, its tail is wedge-shaped and its soaring is graceful and often acrobatic. Ravens are bold, playful, and clever. Whether they’re playing with objects in flight by dropping them and catching them in the air, or working together to problem solve, Ravens are almost always doing something worth watching. From stealing nestlings and raiding garbage cans, to eating anthropods, berries and insects, Ravens are opportunistic omnivors, and take advantage of almost any opportunity to find a good meal. Common Ravens make a variety of calls from a low, gurgly croak, to shrill alarm calls. Scientists have identified over 30 different categories of sounds made, but the most common sound is the gurgly croak. It’s much deeper than the crow’s scratchy caw, and much more musical. Common Ravens can mimic other birds and, when raised in captivity, can be taught words.