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A shield depicting two ravens

A raven or crow is one of several species of birds belonging to the genus Corvus. Recognizable as black birds, they inhabit most of the globe.

There is no consistent distinction between "crows" and "ravens", though generally crows are considered smaller than ravens.[1]


During the 9th century, a raven named Sýnin accompanied the Viking Eivor Varinsdottir on her journeys throughout Norway, England, Ireland and France.[2]

In the 19th century, ravens were a common sight in London.[3][4]

Cultural significance

As a black bird, raven has been used throughout human history to highlight the darkness of a person's hair.[5][6][7][8]


In Greek mythology, a place called Raven's Rock was where Odysseus planned the demise of his wife Penelope's suitors.[9] Even by the time of the Peloponnesian War, the place was home to a sizable flock of ravens.[10]

In Norse mythology, Odin was said to have two ravens, Huginn and Muninn, who kept him informed of all the goings-on across the Nine Realms.[2]