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Raven Quotes and Quotations

Bird quotes about and referencing ravens

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A Little Raven (Corvus mellori) in Thredbo, an alpine region of New South Wales, Australia. Photo by Toby Hudson, CC-BY-SA-3.0. Click image to enlarge.



Little Raven

The Little Raven (Corvus mellori) is a species of the crow and raven family Corvidae, that is endemic to Australia. It has all-black plumage, beak and legs with a white iris.

The Little Raven was first named in 1912; however, it wasn’t until 1967 there was consensus to separate it from the Australian Raven (C. coronoides) as a distinct species.

Little Ravens range over southeastern Australia from southern South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales. They are also found in Kangaroo Island (S.A) and King Island (Bass Strait).

They live within scrub, agricultural areas, grazing pasture, woodlands to treeless plains, coasts, and suburbs.

Little Ravens tend to eat vegetable matter and feed mainly on the ground, but are probably omnivorous when the opportunity arises.

These birds often nest in a loose colony of up to fifteen pairs, with nests few meters apart.

The raven is considered first and foremost a bird of evil. A group of ravens is a “terror” of ravens and a “murder” of crows, a very similar bird.


Raven Quotes

Foster a raven and it will peck out your eyes.
A Spanish quote

The raven chides blackness.

Does wisdom perhaps appear on the earth as a raven which is inspired by the smell of carrion?
Friedrich Nietzsche

Ghastly, grim, and ancient Raven, wandering from the Nightly shore,–
Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night’s Plutonian shore!
Quoth the Raven “Nevermore!”

Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven

Bring up a raven, and he will peck out your eyes.
A French, German proverb

One raven does not peck out another’s eyes.
A Danish quote

Ravens do not peck out raven’s eyes.
Italian, French

But the cormorant and the bittern shall possess it; the owl also and the raven
shall dwell in it: and he shall stretch out upon it the line of confusion, and
the stones of emptiness.

A Bible quote

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To the raven her own chick is white.
Irish Proverb

And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made: / And he sent forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from off the earth.
A Bible quote

Censure acquits the raven, but pursues the dove.

He that visits the sick in hopes of a legacy, but is never so friendly in all other cases, I look upon him as being no better than a raven that watches a weak sheep only to peck out its eyes.

His head is as the most fine gold, his locks are bushy, and black as a raven.
A Bible quote

There comes Poe, with his raven, like Barnaby Rudge, Three-fifths of him genius and two-fifths sheer fudge.
James Russell Lowell

The sad presaging raven, that tolls The sick man’s passport in her hollow beak, And in the shadow of the silent night Doth shake contagion from her sable wings.
Christopher Marlowe

How sweetly did they float upon the wings Of silence, through the empty-vaulted night At every fall smoothing the raven down Of darkness till it smil’d.
Milton, John

‘Take thy beak from out my heart, and take thy form from off my door!’ Quoth the raven,’Nevermore.’
Edgar Allan Poe, ‘The Raven’


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