If you have ravens in your neighborhood, you can spread cracked corn on the ground, and the ravens may enter your yard to eat the corn. They also like leftovers such as baked goods and scraps of meat, as well as dog food and even pasta.
The common raven is larger than the American crow. It has a wedge-shaped tail, instead of a fan-shaped tail, and it soars like a hawk, as opposed to the crow, which flies in a straight line.
Mathew Tekulsky writes a regular National Geographic News column about birding in his backyard and neighborhood in Bel Air, California.
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