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​What’s the difference between crows and ravens?

Crows and ravens can be hard to tell apart, especially from far away. Crows are smaller than ravens – they have a wingspan of about 92 cm, compared to a raven’s 117 cm.

Northwestern Crow perched on branch
Northwestern Crow

Crows
Smaller, straight beak
Fan-shaped tail
Characteristic “caw”
~92 cm wingspan

 

 

Young Common Raven
Young Common Raven

Ravens
Large, thick, rounded beak
Diamond-shaped tail
Deeper “croak”
~117 cm wingspan