Little ravens

To: "'David Rosalky'" <>, <>
Subject: Little ravens
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Wed, 4 May 2011 22:34:06 +1000
Hi David,
Thanks yes but from what you describe I'd suggest your id of Little Raven is likely correct and that they would not be Australian Ravens. A history of low numbers is only that. The species occurs in the region all year and is partly migratory.
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From: David Rosalky [
Sent: Wednesday, 4 May 2011 12:08 PM
Subject: [canberrabirds] Little ravens

During this morning’s bird peruse for my GBS count, a flock of 18 ravens passed fairly high overhead.  I could hear some calling and the calls were all short “croaks”.  The birds were flying west over Deakin and after a while turned south in the general direction of Woden.


The size of the flock and the calls lead me to believe that they were Little Ravens rather than Australian Ravens.  On the other hand, Philip Veerman’s book suggests sighting LRs over suburbs is not very likely and that May is a month of relatively low abundance.  He also makes the point that it is easy to mis-identify.  The ACT Atlas has very low counts of LRs in central Canberra.


So I am wondering if anyone else in southern Canberra thinks they recorded a flock of LRs around 8am this morning.


David Rosalky

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