• East view from Crissy Field overlook with old Coast Guard station on left and city on right

    Presidio of San Francisco


Common Raven

(Corvus corax)
common raven
Common Ravens on the coastal bluffs.
Will Elder, NPS

Natural History: The Common Raven eats carrion, small vertebrates, insects, and nuts and caches its food. It ejects pellets like the American Crow. The raven roosts in colonies during the night. It nests on cliffs or in tall trees and breeds from mid-February into July.

General Distribution: In the Presidio, this bird is found around tidal rocks, upland rock areas, and all forest areas. It breeds in the Presidio.

Frequency: This species is common all year in the Presidio.

Identifying Characteristics: The Raven is very large in size, even more so than the crow. It is black with a wedge-shaped tail. Its nature is to flap and soar. Ravens display shaggy throat feathers.

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Did You Know?

Albert Sidney Johnston

Colonel Albert Sidney Johnston, commander of the Pacific branch of the army, prepared the defenses of the San Francisco Bay and ordered the first garrison of Fort Point. Kentucky-born Johnston then resigned his commission to join the Confederate Army; he was killed at the battle of Shiloh in 1862.