Alaska: Mated pair of Raven's loving and grooming on each other.

 Ravens are seen as tricksters in many traditions. But Common Ravens have a softer side. During courtship, a pair will often sit side by side, sometimes preening each other's feathers. And during that ritual, one or both may make soft warbling sounds. Raven nestlings sometimes make this same sound after they've been fed. Compared to the usual raucous raven calls, this one is soothing. It's called a comfort sound.

Ravens mate for life, which can sometimes last for more than thirty years. They chose their partners carefully, because the male raven must be a clever scavenger to provide for his mate and young. When young ravens are born, they stay with their parents for about a year until they learn social behavior and sneaky hunting habits from their parents.

Sometimes a third raven helps out a young couple with gathering food and showing the young juveniles the ropes. Ravens build their nests out of mud, twigs, fur, and feathers, usually on cliffs or in trees. Sometimes they use tall manmade perches on roofs and towers for homes.

They usually collect in clans, but will fly for long distances in pairs or alone to find food.


According to most Native Alaskan traditions, the raven was the creator of life on the world. He formed the trees and the earth, and taught the first humans to hunt. The Trickster raven stole the Box of Daylight and placed the sun and the moon in the sky.

Responses to "Ravens in Love: Amazing Love Ritual Between 2 Affectionate Ravens (Video)"

  1. roofdog13 says:

    awesome birds

  2. Ripley says:

    Fun to see the two ravens interact. 'Romantic' piano music a distraction and not necessary.

  3. Tertia says:

    I love all members of the corvid family, what a rare treat to see these amaxing birds up close.

  4. musci is a huge distraction. rather here just the birds

  5. LIked it except for the music. :D

  6. Tertia says:

    Beautiful, intelligent birds with a timeless aura of mystery - I love the whole corvid family and enjoy communicating with my local crows. Nice to hear the ravens talking too, though the muffled talking of the women and the dreary piano didn't do anything for me.

  7. Absolutely LOVE Corvids, but these are my favourite. Stunning and very intelligent!

  8. I have never heard a ravens call. We have black crows. Ravens are beautiful birds!

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