Raven vs. Crow

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Main Difference

The main difference between Raven and Crow is that the Raven is a common name of several birds and Crow is a bird.

  • Raven

    A raven is one of several larger-bodied species of the genus Corvus. These species do not form a single taxonomic group within the genus.

    There is no consistent distinction between “crows” and “ravens”, and these appellations have been assigned to different species chiefly on the basis of their size, crows generally being smaller than ravens.

    The largest raven species are the common raven and the thick-billed raven.

  • Crow

    A crow is a bird of the genus Corvus, or more broadly a synonym for all of Corvus. The term “crow” is used as part of the common name of many species. Species with the word “crow” in their common name include:

    Corvus albus – pied crow (Central African coasts to southern Africa)

    Corvus bennetti – little crow (Australia)

    Corvus brachyrhynchos – American crow (United States, southern Canada, northern Mexico)

    Corvus capensis – Cape crow or Cape rook (Eastern and southern Africa)

    Corvus caurinus – northwestern crow (Olympic peninsula to southwest Alaska)

    Corvus cornix – hooded crow (Northern and Eastern Europe and Northern Africa)

    Corvus corone – carrion crow (Europe and eastern Asia)

    Corvus edithae – Somali crow (eastern Africa)

    Corvus enca – slender-billed crow (Malaysia, Borneo, Indonesia)

    Corvus florensis – Flores crow (Flores Island)

    Corvus fuscicapillus – brown-headed crow (New Guinea)

    Corvus hawaiiensis (formerly C. tropicus) – Hawaiian crow (Hawaii)

    Corvus imparatus – Tamaulipas crow (Gulf of Mexico coast)

    Corvus insularis – Bismarck crow (Bismarck Archipelago, Papua New Guinea)

    Corvus jamaicensis – Jamaican crow (Jamaica)

    Corvus kubaryi – Mariana crow or aga (Guam, Rota)

    Corvus leucognaphalus – white-necked crow (Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico)

    Corvus macrorhynchos – jungle crow (Eastern Asia, Himalayas, Philippines)

    Corvus macrorhynchos macrorhynchos – large-billed crow

    Corvus macrorhynchos levaillantii – eastern jungle crow (India, Burma)

    Corvus macrorhynchos culminatus – Indian jungle crow

    Corvus meeki – Bougainville crow or Solomon Islands crow (Northern Solomon Islands)

    Corvus moneduloides – New Caledonian crow (New Caledonia, Loyalty Islands)

    Corvus nasicus – Cuban crow (Cuba, Isla de la Juventud, Grand Caicos Island)

    Corvus orru – Torresian crow or Australian crow (Australia, New Guinea and nearby islands)

    Corvus ossifragus – fish crow (Southeastern U.S. coast)

    Corvus palmarum – palm crow (Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republic)

    Corvus ruficolis edithae – Somali crow or dwarf raven (Northeast Africa)

    Corvus sinaloae – Sinaloan crow (Pacific coast from Sonora to Colima)

    Corvus splendens – house crow or Indian house crow (Indian subcontinent, Middle East, east Africa)

    Corvus torquatus – collared crow (Eastern China, south into Vietnam)

    Corvus tristis – grey crow or Bare-faced crow (New Guinea and neighboring islands)

    Corvus typicus – piping crow or Celebes pied crow (Sulawesi, Muna, Butung)

    Corvus unicolor – Banggai crow (Banggai Island)

    Corvus validus – long-billed crow (Northern Moluccas)

    Corvus violaceus – violet crow (Seram) – recent split from slender-billed crow

    Corvus woodfordi – white-billed crow or Solomon Islands crow (Southern Solomon Islands)

  • Raven (noun)

    Any of several, generally large and lustrous black species of birds in the genus Corvus, especially the common raven, Corvus corax.

  • Raven (noun)

    Rapine; rapacity.

  • Raven (noun)

    Prey; plunder; food obtained by violence.

  • Raven (adjective)

    Of the color of the raven; jet-black

    “raven curls”

    “raven darkness”

    “She was a tall, sophisticated, raven-haired beauty.”

  • Raven (verb)

    To obtain or seize by violence.

  • Raven (verb)

    To devour with great eagerness.

  • Raven (verb)

    To prey on with rapacity.

    “The raven is both a scavenger, who ravens a dead animal almost like a vulture, and a bird of prey, who commonly ravens to catch a rodent.”

  • Raven (verb)

    To show rapacity; to be greedy (for something).

  • Crow (noun)

    A bird, usually black, of the genus Corvus, having a strong conical beak, with projecting bristles; it has a harsh, croaking call.

  • Crow (noun)

    A bar of iron with a beak, crook, or claw; a bar of iron used as a lever; a crowbar.


  • Crow (noun)

    The cry of the rooster.


  • Crow (noun)

    A corvus) used by the Roman navy to board enemy ships.

  • Crow (noun)

    The mesentery of an animal.

  • Crow (verb)

    To make the shrill sound characteristic of a rooster; to make a sound in this manner, either in joy, gaiety, or defiance.

  • Crow (verb)

    To shout in exultation or defiance; to brag.


    “He’s been crowing all day about winning the game of cards.”

  • Crow (verb)

    To utter a sound expressive of joy or pleasure.

  • Crow (verb)

    To test the reed of a double reed instrument by placing the reed alone in the mouth and blowing it.

  • Raven (noun)

    a large heavily built crow with mainly black plumage, feeding chiefly on carrion.

  • Raven (adjective)

    (especially of hair) of a glossy black colour

    “thick raven hair”

  • Raven (verb)

    (of a wild animal) hunt voraciously for prey

    “fierce lions went ravening to and fro”

  • Raven (verb)

    devour voraciously

    “clusters of grapes, the which they raven’d quick”

  • Crow (noun)

    a large perching bird with mostly glossy black plumage, a heavy bill, and a raucous voice.

  • Crow (noun)

    an old or ugly woman

    “to my two sons I am still just the old crow”

  • Crow (noun)

    the cry of a cock.

  • Crow (noun)

    a sound made by a person expressing great pride or triumph

    “she gave a little crow of triumph”

  • Crow (adjective)

    relating to the Crow or their language.

  • Crow (verb)

    (of a cock) utter its characteristic loud cry

    “she was awakened in the mornings by cocks crowing”

  • Crow (verb)

    (of a person) express great pride or triumph, especially in a tone of gloating satisfaction

    “avoid crowing about your success”

    “Ruby crowed with delight”

    “‘I knew you ‘d be back,’ she crowed”

Oxford Dictionary

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