How long do ravens live? That’s how old they get

Ravens are among the birds of prey. They are said to have devious, thieving and mean characteristics. Only a few of the 42 raven species live in Germany. That’s how old ravens get in this country.


The Corvidae family consists mainly of ravens and crows. The “classic” and world-famous creatures can be recognized visually by their black plumage, which has a greenish to bluish-metallic sheen. Ravens are noticeably smaller compared to crows.

Note: The corvid family includes many more specimens that do not have black plumage. These include, for example, both the jay (Garrulus glandarius), which has colorful plumage, and the magpie (Pica pica), with white breast plumage.

Native raven species

The raven species native to this area are mainly:

  • Aaskrähe (Corvus corone)
  • Jackdaw, also called tower crow (Corvus monedula)
  • Octopus (Corvus corax)
  • Hooded crow (Corvus corone cornix) – a subspecies of carrion crow
  • Saatkrähe (Corvus frugilegus)

(Maximum) life expectancy

In relation to the life expectancy of ravens, various factors play a role. In principle, the expected age of animals in captivity is significantly higher than that of corvids in the wild. Experts say that a bird lives about five years longer in captivity.

The native raven species reach this maximum age:

Rabenart free-living in prison
Aaskrähe 19 years 22 to 23 years (usually not kept in captivity)
Dohle 20 years 25 years
Octopus 21 to 23 years 26 to 28 years
hooded crow 13 to 15 years 18 years
Send a message 20 years 25 years
Note: Corvids have a very high mortality rate at a young age. For example, lack of food, toxins, habitat destruction and predators reduce the average age of rooks in the wild to around 3.5 years.

frequently asked Questions

“Jakob” from the Innsbruck Alpine Zoo was 30 years old (1974-2004). One example of the ravens at the Tower of London is even proven to be 44 years old.

In principle, wild birds of all kinds are threatened by species extinction in the long term. However, there is currently no danger with corvids, as they are very adaptable and their population still significantly exceeds the threatening limit values. Because they get relatively old, sufficient offspring is also ensured.

The American crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos), which is not found in Central Europe, is one of the most recently dying raven species. On average, she lives between seven and eight years.

A weakened raven will usually retreat to a sheltered spot. He prefers a safe hiding place where he gets privacy from predators or predators. If they saw the animal in its position, they would attack and kill it in the wild. To avoid this, a dying raven likes to hide in a cave or thick bushes.

Kira Bellingham

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