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Alternative name: White-naped Raven
50 - 56cm. A large, unmistakable raven:
Sexes similar. Juveniles with all black bill and duller than adult.
Southern and eastern Africa.
Locally common and in some parts of distribution regarded as pest because of it's sheep-killing habits.
Small towns and villages with nearby mountains or hills for roosting.
They spend much of the day thermalling high, often with vultures. Usually foraging alone or in pairs.
The diet includes carrion from road kills, fruit, grain, insects, small reptiles, peanuts and human food. Robs bird nests (even of Verreaux's Eagle) and kills sickly newborn lambs.
Nests are mainly on a cliff ledge but will occasionally nest in a tree. The clutch consists of 3-5 egg. A monogamous species, with long-term pair-bond.
A sedentary species but large flocks of non-breeders wander around in non-breeding season.
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