Raven (bird), common name applied to about ten large birds of the crow family. Best known is the common Raven, found throughout much of the northern hemisphere, from the high Arctic islands of Canada to the deserts of North Africa. It is the largest of all songbirds (see Passerine), attaining a length of more than 60 cm (more than 24 in). Because the bird is intelligent, social, and highly adaptable, it has long been a subject of legend and folklore. It has a wedge-shaped tail and is satiny black, with a metallic, bluish sheen. The bill is long, powerful, and slightly hooked, and the feet are strong. The common Raven is omnivorous, feeding on seeds, fruit, small birds and mammals, and even carrion. It nests on high trees or cliffs; the female lays four to eight spotted, light-blue eggs in a clutch, and both parents feed the young.
The fastest of all birds at any size, the Raven is a great fast-attack flying unit that adds the powerful pack hunter ability. Great for hit-and-run tactics.