Ravens Can Recognize Who's Fair and Who's Not

Posted by Christy Caplan
Pet Raven

Do crows and ravens make good pets? Before we dive in, it's important to know all states require special permits to keep a crow or a raven as a house pet.

Pet-Friendly House tells us that since crows and ravens require specialized care, it is extremely difficult to obtain a license to keep one as a companion animal.

"Even to bring one into your home to care for it while it recovers from injury is illegal. Failure to abide by these laws is punishable by a fine and removal of the animal from your property."

With that in mind, these birds are incredibly intelligent and they cannot live in cages.

A few fun facts about these birds:

  • Ravens remember when they're treated fairly for at least a month and prefer to interact with those who were just.
  • Ravens were offered a piece of cheese in exchange for bread, but the "unfair" experimenters ate the cheese instead.
  • Ravens later preferred to offer their bread to experimenters who had kept up their end of the bargain the first time!

Here are five things to consider before applying for that special permit and license, according to Animal How.

1. These are wild birds

These are not domesticated animals but wild animals! They'll never come when called! They also may never trust you and if you need to provide veterinary care you're in trouble.

"They have been reported to live for more than 20 years and sometimes even 30 years. When you combine this information with the fact that they are very social creatures you see why they can become a huge responsibility."

2. They're noisy!

They have more of a squeaking type of call and when the Raven calls for another bird you can hear the sound from miles distance. 

"Crows can do a lot of different sounds really but normally they will do a little gurgling croak that mostly sounds like an alarming call. Ravens, on the other hand, can do more sophisticated sounds that sound more melodic."

3. They don't live alone well

We can hear crows calling out to each other all day. I've also seen how they work "together" when they plan to enjoy the chicken food down in the coop areas. These are very social creatures.

They will normally look over each part of the territory and communicate with each other during the day. They will shout to each other whenever an enemy or a threat occurs. So you cannot have only one raven as a pet? Right! 

4. They require a lot of space

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These wild birds will be bored if confined. They like to fly over long distances and you'll need a large yard and equally large aviary. This pet "raven" will need to be a master of its territory. It makes that such an intelligent bird doesn't want to be locked in a cage!

5. They can bite!

Their bite is so strong it's known to crush bone. Normally they're not known to bite humans and often will just do a little warning nip. If provoked though they can get angry and do a nasty bite. Don't ever get near their nest, as this is a place they'll defend!

Corvids are very intelligent animals so a pet raven may be challenging for even those that consider themselves savvy bird lovers. You could also consider macaws, magpies and birds not in the crow family. Remember, you'll need an outdoor aviary for your pet crow or raven!

Have you ever considered a raven as a pet? Please let us know by leaving a comment below! 

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