The latest visitor to the birdbath in my front garden is also the largest – the Australian raven. The raven is pure black and is typically 46-55cm (18-21in) long. (The birdbath he’s occupying almost totally is over 2 feet (61cm) in diameter!)
Ravens being members of the Corvidae (Crow) family are among the smartest of birds. Local aborigines consider the raven to be a wily and unpredictable bird and call it ‘The Watcher’. They consider the bird to be a trickster and also a culture hero with several clans having it as one of their two originating tribal ancestors.