flight profle; wedge-shaped tail; stout bill (Arizona, USA; 2012-04-27)

Chihuahuan Raven
Corvus cryptoleucus

Native Range: North America and Middle America

Notes: the range of this Middle American species barely extends into the southwestern United States; told from the sympatric Northern Raven by its slightly smaller size, slightly stockier or stouter bill, and by the fact that feathers extend slightly further out along its bill; also tends to prefer desert floors and lower elevations than Northern Raven.

prefers desert regions (Arizona, USA; 2012-04-27)

note the "hair" feathers along the base of bill (Arizona, USA; 2012-04-27)

note the stoutness of the bill (Arizona, USA; 2012-04-27)

head-on view in flight (Arizona, USA; 2012-04-27)

posing for a portrait (Arizona, USA; 2012-04-27)