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Chihuahuan Raven

Corvus cryptoleucus

We once called these birds White-Necked Ravens because the base of the neck feathers are white, not gray like American Crows and Common Ravens. This character is hard to see in the field unless the wind blows aside some neck feathers, or the bird ruffles their neck plumes just right. In the gallery below is a picture of a pair with the near bird’s feathers parted enough to see the white. Another character is nasal bristle feathers of these birds extends farther down the beak than the Common Raven.

History shows in the late 19th and early 20th century these birds extended their range as far north as Colorado, perhaps because of the wholesale slaughter of bison on the American plains in the late 1800s, creating a food source for these birds to exploit.

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