Crows and ravens thrive in Anza Valley

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A crow soaks in attention. Anza Valley Outlook/Delisa Mannix photo
Both crows and ravens are common in the Anza Valley, filling the skies and fields with their calls and antics. “Crows, ravens and magpies are all part of the Corvidae family of birds,” wildlife enthusiast Dominique Leard Rauton said. “Worldwide there are over 120 different species of Corvids. They are omnivores, but prefer meat over fruits and vegetables. They are scavengers, but will hunt small prey and are among the smartest animals in the world.” Ravens and crows are often confused for one another, but there are some differences that the observers can use to identify these birds. Crows have shorter, thinner beaks, and are about 6 inches shorter than ravens. Ravens differ from crows in appearance by their larger bill, tail shape, flight pattern and by their much larger s
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