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Albuquerque, NM 87184
Phone: 505 828-9455
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Meet our Common Raven

Raven © Gail Garber
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One of the newest members of our education team is a very large Common Raven. While impossible to confirm the sex of the raven without a blood test, but because this raven is on the large side of average we believe he is male. Until and unless he lays an egg, we are calling him a He. He was hatched in the spring of 2011, and was shot shortly after he learned to fly. He was found in downtown Santa Fe with an injured wing and was taken to The Wildlife Center in Espanola. X-rays revealed pellets lodged in the left humerus, close to the elbow, and a chipped ulna. Unfortunately, the wing did not recover full dexterity and he will never be able to fly.

Raven preening wing © Gail Garber
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Because he was so young when he was injured, Raven has adapted well to life in captivity. Here, he is tending to some feathers on his wing. Raven also recently completed his first outreach event at the Festival of the Cranes at Bosque del Apache NWR. He has been living indoors but work is under way to build a new flight cage, or mews, which will enable him to live outside in his own space. According to his trainer, he is like a toddler – happy when entertained, least happy when he bored. A routine day includes spending time with his trainer, jumping from perch to perch, watching birds come and go from the feeder outside, watching movies in the evening, splashing water, and preening. As an omnivore, he enjoys a varied diet. While he likes eggs, his favorite food is mice which he consumes with gusto, saving the tail for last.
Raven supervises mews crew

Raven supervises mews crew © Gail Garber
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We are thrilled to have this very important bird and he is an asset to our education programs. When we show him in class, everyone, young and old alike, falls in love with him. We tell children that he will never be free because of a thoughtless human and ask what they think about that. It is a serious and thought provoking “teaching moment”. In addition, presenting him alongside Indigo, our educational American Crow, will clearly show how the two species differ.

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