Forest Raven (species: Corvus tasmanicus) in Yarrahapinni Wetlands NP (Gaia Guide)
Corvus tasmanicus
Forest Raven

©J.J. Harrison: Forest Raven (Corvus tasmanicus)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Passeriformes
Family Corvidae
Genus Corvus
Species Corvus tasmanicus
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

It has glossy black plumage and a white iris. It has a proportionately larger bill and shorter tail than the other mainland corvid species and is the sole representative of the genus Corvus in Tasmania. (Wikipedia)


  • From 50 cm to 52 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Wingspan data is not yet available.



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

The Forest Raven inhabits a wide range of habitat within Tasmania such as woods, open interrupted forest, mountains, coastal areas, farmland and town and city fringes. It is also found in southern Victoria from Gippsland west through Wilson's Promontory and the Otway Ranges. Further west, it occurs patchily in south-east South Australia. (Wikipedia)


A typical omnivore taking a very wide range of foods such as insects, carrion, fruit, grain and earthworms. It has been known to kill and eat birds as large as the Silver Gull using some degree of cunning by pretending to forage near enough to get close for the kill. (Wikipedia)

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