Chiripa! The Chihuahuan Raven Seen in Arizona!

Chiripa! The Chihuahuan Raven Seen in Arizona!

One of the many pleasure on my last visit to Southern Arizona was seeing the Chihuahuan raven in its natural habitat. I didn’t even have to go look for it, this one found me and watched me for about 30 minutes!

Slightly smaller than other raven species found around the world and about the size of the American crow, this Mexican raven may look like any other raven, but the differences stop there. Most notably, the under-feathers on its neck are pure white. click any image to enlarge

Chihuahuan Raven on a Saguaro

Chihuahuan Raven on a Saguaro

In the dry grasslands of the American Southwest it replaces the common raven (Corvus corax) of the north and breeds in the Southwestern United States, but it is far more common to the south in Mexico where it is found year-round.

Chihuahuan Raven on a Saguaro

Typical White Under-Feathers that Distinguish the Chihuahuan Raven from other North American Ravens and Crows

Chihuahuan Raven on a Saguaro

At northern end of range (eastern Colorado, western Kansas), the Chihuahuan raven is far less common today than in 1800s. I saw this one quite by accident as I was setting up my tent and cooking some dinner on my travels on a small ground fire on top of a hill overlooking Sonoyta, Mexico in Southern Arizona on the US-Mexico border. It got my attention by crowing on top of an almost-flowering saguaro cactus while I was waiting for the water to boil on my camp stove.

Chihuahuan Raven on a Saguaro

Chihuahuan Raven, US- Mexico Border near Sonoyta, Mexico

Chihuahuan Raven on a Saguaro

 


 

Chihuahuan-Raven_map

Typical Range of the Chihuahuan Raven

 

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Rich Leighton
September 29, 2015
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