Photo by Digital Content Coordinator, Daniel Peterson

Chihuahuan Ravens take flight in the Las Cruces sunset. According to,  “In the spring, when breeding season arrives, raven and crow pairs mate and bond for the year and perhaps for life. During courtship, the birds may preen each other’s head feathers and gently clasp each other’s bills. The ravens may engage in acrobatic flight, showing off, trying to impress a prospective partner. The male and female may spread their wings and tails and fluff their feathers. In the common raven’s version of a lovers’ serenade, the two partners make gurgling, choking and knocking sounds. After mating, a pair turns to homemaking, which often becomes a family affair, with two or three ‘helpers’ – often progeny from the previous season’s hatch – contributing to the raising of the young.”

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