The Audubon Common Raven Cam
The Raven Cam is currently down! We apologize for this and hope to be back online soon.
About Audubon's Common Raven
Zach the Common Raven is one of Audubon avian educational Ambassadors. Each day, these birds inspire an appreciation of nature in people of all ages, whether through an educational program for school children or here on the internet via the live video stream! They have limited flight capability due to injuries that occurred when they were young and cannot be released into the wild.
We hope you enjoy watching Zach. From playing in the snow to imitating Barred Owls and Wild Turkeys, this intelligent bird is constantly surprising Audubon with his antics. We welcome you to stop by Audubon's Nature Center and Aquarium, in Bristol, RI to watch him in person, take a stroll down nature trails and the boardwalk to Narragansett Bay, and explore the aquarium and rotating art exhibits!
Meet Zachariah, aka "Zach"
Audubon Avian Ambassador since August 2017
Born in Spring 2011
Male Common Raven
Zachariah, or "Zach", was born in Maine in 2011 but fell from his nest soon after, fracturing the radius and ulna bones in his wing. Avian Haven rescued and rehabilitated the young raven, but found that he was unable to fly. He spent his rehabilitation time with surrogate adult ravens. Between 2012 and 2017, Zach was an education ambassador for Wind Over Wings. He quickly learned to step up on a glove and is now enjoying his life as an educational ambassador with Audubon. He stars in the “Bird Brains” program that features avian intelligence. They don’t get any smarter than this!
Raven Fun Facts
- The Common Raven is an acrobatic flier, often doing rolls and somersaults in the air. One bird was seen flying upside down for more than a half-mile. Young birds are fond of playing games with sticks, repeatedly dropping them, then diving to catch them in midair.
- Common Ravens are smart, which makes them dangerous predators. They sometimes work in pairs to raid seabird colonies, with one bird distracting an incubating adult and the other waiting to grab an egg or chick as soon as it’s uncovered. They have been seen waiting in trees as ewes give birth, then attacking the newborn lambs. A study in Wyoming discovered that during hunting season, the sound of a gunshot draws ravens in to investigate a presumed carcass, whereas the birds ignore sounds that are just as loud but harmless, such as an air-horn or a car door slamming.