The Australian Raven is one of our larger birds. It is spread widely in eastern and southern Australia and is quite common. The Australian Raven has adapted well to urban areas where it will scavenge food waste and other rubbish. It is an opportunistic feeder that is often found around road kill as well. It is common to hit many birds when driving on the road, but the Australian Raven seems to have an inbuilt radar and leaves it to the last minute before getting out of the way of cars.
The preferred habitat is open woodland and transitional zones. It has adapted well to urban environments and is a common city bird in Sydney, Canberra, and Perth. An omnivorous and opportunistic feeder, it eats a wide variety of plant and animal material, as well as food waste from urban areas. In eastern Australia, its range is strongly correlated with the presence of sheep, and it has been blamed for killing lambs. However, this is very rare, and the raven most often scavenges for afterbirth and stillborn animals as well as newborn lamb faeces. The Australian raven is territorial, with pairs generally bonding for life. Breeding takes place between July and September, with almost no variation across its range. The nest is a bowl-shaped structure of sticks sited high in a tree, or occasionally in a man-made structure such as a windmill or other building.
The Australian raven’s closest relatives are the other two species of raven occurring in Australia: the little raven and forest raven. The Australian raven is also somewhat closely related to the Torresian and little crow, although not as closely related as it is to the other raven species.