Chihuahuan Raven

Credit: Don Faulkner

Chihuahuan Ravens are very similar in appearance to Common Ravens but with longer tails, and they are smaller and more similar in size to American Crows. They are all black, including the black bill and legs. They also have a slight glossy purple color.

  • Corvus cryptoleucus
  • Length: 18.1-20.9 in (46-53 cm)
  • Weight: 15.6-23.5 oz (442-667 g)
  • Wingspan: 40.9-43.3 in (104-110 cm)


Chihuahuan Ravens are resident in the American southwest from Arizona to Texas and northern Mexico.

Habitat And Diet

You can find Chihuahuan Ravens in dry grassland and deserts where American Crows do not usually live.

They eat a wide variety of food and are opportunity feeders, often foraging on the ground for insects, worms, spiders, and fish, and larger roadkill prey such as reptiles and mammals. Grains, fruit, and seeds are also eaten, and they will happily eat trash for an easy meal.

Chihuahuan Raven Sounds:


Nests of Chihuahuan Ravens are quite large and made from sticks, and lined with softer material such as feathers, cotton, and plant material.

They lay 1 – 8 eggs, and these take just under three weeks to hatch and a further five weeks before the chick fledge.

Fun Fact:

Chihuahuan Ravens perform barrel rolls in flight during courtship.