Are Ravens Bigger Than Crows? 5 Facts You Should Know!

Ravens and crows are frequently mistaken for one another. Comparatively, there are enough parallels in characteristics and vocabulary to conclude that these species are similar.   

In general, ravens are substantially larger than crows, both in terms of body size and wingspan. When a closer examination is done for raven and crow, it reveals a few important behavioral distinctions and physical features that are noticeable even from a distance and need attentive inspection.

Let us discuss how they are different from each other, who has more impact on each other and some of their traits and qualities.  

How much bigger are ravens than crows? 

Despite sharing a family and having a somewhat similar appearance, there are some distinguishing characteristics and traits that help differentiate ravens and crows. 

Ravens are often twice as big as crows. Crows weigh 20 oz (about 566.99 g), which is less than half the weight of a raven, which is larger and typically weighs 40 oz (about 1.13 kg). 

Are ravens stronger than crows? 

Ravens are stronger, larger, heavier and more powerful than crows. But even though ravens are more powerful, flocks of crows can defeat them. 

Image credit: Raven (Corvus corax) by Mike Pennington is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Comparison between raven and crow 

Raven and crow can be differentiated by the following characteristics: 

Characteristics  Raven Crow 
Scientific name Corvus corax Corvus brachyrhynchos 
Body measurement 63 cm (about 2.07 ft) or 25 inches in length and 1.2 kilos in weight or 2.6 pounds. Ranges between 16 to 20 inches (40-50 cm) and weighs between 300 and 600 grams (11 to 21 oz). 
Appearance Larger, curved beak, wedged shaped tail, pointed wings, shiny feathers.  Smaller, straight beak, blunt, fan shaped tails, splayed wings. 
Intelligence Playful and cunning Clever  
Diet Invertebrates, amphibians, reptiles Mice, earthworms, frogs 
Wingspan 100 to 150 cm (about 4.92 ft) 85 to 100 cm (about 3.28 ft) 
Plumage Shaggier and scruffier Smoother 
Life span 10 to 15 years 7 to 8 years 
Habitat and environment Avoid areas highly populated with other birds, instead favoring isolated environments and habitats Highly adaptable, not always bothered about having to share their environment with other birds 
Distribution Western United States, including Alaska, and almost all of Canada Almost the entire United States, apart from the desert habitats of parts of New Mexico, Texas, California and Arizona 
Behavior More gregarious Less gregarious 
Calls and vocalism Calls are much deeper and have more bass Calls are not that deep  
Comparison between raven and crow 

Are ravens louder than crows? 

Depending on sound and context, scientists have divided the speech pattern of ravens and crows into 33 separate groups. Let us identify if ravens are louder than crows.

Ravens are not louder than crows. Crows make a sharper, harsher and louder sound than ravens. The sound of crows is generally nasal and pitched high. Ravens have a deep voice and are less startling. They might shriek as “croooaaak,” “gronk- gronk,” “tok,” or “wonk-wonk.” 

Common ravens have a wide variety of vocalizations that range from a low, grunting croak to loud, grating noises and screeching alarm calls. Bristles can be seen on both species of beaks, although the ravens are much longer. 

Are ravens a type of crow? 

Ravens are a subspecies of crow. Crows and ravens both belong to the same genus named Corvus. Corvus is the Latin word for “crow”. The general word “crow” refers to any Corvus species, although ravens still have distinguishing characteristics that set them apart. 

Image credit: Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) by Linda Tanner is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Conclusion 

Despite sharing the same genus (Corvus) and family (Corvidae) as crows, ravens nevertheless have their own species. Within the genus Corvus, ravens do not constitute a separate taxonomic group. In the Eastern United States, Common Ravens are far less frequent than American Crows. 

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