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Hugnin

HUGNIN – WHITE-NECKED RAVEN

Hatch Year: 2001
Arrival to WBS: 2001
Sex: Male
Reason for Residence: hatched in captivity

Hugnin was a captive raised bird acquired from Natural Encounters to join our educational zoo show team. A very affable bird, Hugnin readily works with almost every new trainer she is introduced to and loves puzzles. She knows how to use several puzzle boards as well as various puzzle enrichment items, and has a small vocabulary of human mimicked speech. She is best known by guests for her work on our zoo show team, where she demonstrates to audiences how easy it is to recycle by doing just that, recycling bottles and cans onstage!

She also helps support World Bird Sanctuary by collecting donations from guests to help assist with her feeding and care; taking bills directly from guests hands with her beak and stashing them into her donation box. A very friendly bird, Hughnin has done numerous zoo shows over the years but when off of her working season she can be found at ETC enjoying her vacation!

SPECIES: WHITE-NECKED RAVENL

CONSERVATION STATUS: LEAST CONCERN

Scientific Name: Corvus albicollis
Description: White-necked Ravens have a much shorter tail than the common raven, as well as a deeper bill with a white tip that is almost as strongly arched as that of the thick-billed raven. Though predominantly black, the throat, breast and neck show a faint purple gloss. There is a large patch of white feathers on the nape of the neck. Eyes are dark brown.
Sex: males slightly larger than females
Age: 25-50 years
Length: 20″-25″
Wingspan: 2.5′-3′
Weight: 1.5-2.5 lbs.
Habitat: cliffs and rocky escarpments, coastal hills, open country, including open mountain forest
Range: Occurs in eastern and southern Africa in open, mountainous country. It is quite commonly found in small towns and villages as long as there are mountains or hills for roosting and nesting relatively nearby.

Behavior: breeding season September & October to December; usually found in pairs, which remain on established territories year round; solitary nester; nest composed of twigs and branches in an inaccessible tree, or more often on a cliff ledge; 1-6 light green eggs, streaked and spotted olive, brown and gray are laid; incubation 19-21 days

Diet: Most of this bird’s food is obtained from the ground, but it will take food from trees as well. It has been seen to drop a tortoise from a height on to hard ground, preferably on rocks, and then swoop down to eat it, or even pick it up again if not sufficiently broken. White-necked ravens will also readily take carrion from road kills. Fruit, grain, insects, small reptiles, peanuts, and human food are also readily taken and the bird forages in back yards and gardens quite openly.

Vocalization: high-pitched “kroorh-kroorh” or “kraak-kraak-kraak”; many other vocalizations as well, including a deep, throaty, raspy croak

Fun Facts!
– Ravens figure prominently in folklore and legends; Native American folklore holds that the raven created the world and its creatures.

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