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Alternative name: New England Raven

Adult, subspecies tasmanicus
Photo by julien
Mt Wellington, Tasmania, May 2005
Corvus tasmanicus

Inlcudes Relict Raven


52 - 54cm. A large crow.

  • White eye with blue inner ring
  • Prominent black bill
  • Inconspicuous throat hackles
  • Short tail
  • Base of feathers ashy-brown (only visible in hand)
  • boreus with longer wings and tail, more similar to Australian Raven

Sexes similar, juveniles duller than adults.

Photo by julien
Raymond Island, Victoria, Australia, January 2008

Similar species

Only corvid in Tasmania. On mainland Australia similar to Australian Raven and Little Raven. Best told apart by very deep, harsh voice and in flight by broad-based wings and broad tail.


Found in southeast Australia and Tasmania.
Abundant in Tasmania, local and declining on the mainland.



Two subspecies:

boreus is sometimes split as Relict Raven.


Woodland, dense forest, pastoral land, littoral. Favours habitats dominated by eucalypts.


Photo by jimmclean
Freycinet, Tasmania, December 2006


An omnivorous scavenger and predator. Feeds on invertebrates, small birds, eggs, small mammals, carrion, seeds, fruits and sometimes nectar. Forages in pairs or family parties.


Breeding season mostly from July to September. Solitary nester. The nest is a large bowl made with sticks and placed 3 - 36m above the ground in a tree fork. Lays 3 - 6 eggs.


Sedentary species. Non-breeders can disperse more than 100km from breeding site.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.
  2. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliott, and D Christie, eds. 2009. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 14: Bush-shrikes to Old World Sparrows. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8496553507
  3. Simpson, K and N Day. 1998. Field Guide to the Birds of Australia. London: Christopher Helm. ISBN 0-7136-4877-5

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