2021 AMI Online Salon

Crows and Ravens

Project Details

  • Entrant Name:  Taina Litwak
  • Other Contributors Lynn Phelps
  • Client: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • Copyright: Taina Litwak, 2020
  • Medium/software used: Mixed media- pencil in drafting film, acrylic on canvas and Adobe Photoshop
  • Final presentation format: color glossy conservation magazine
  • Primary Audience: general, in the state of Minnesota

Project Description

The purpose of the publication is sensitizing the public to the wonders and beauty of the natural world.  Specifically, the purpose of this illustration is to encourage readers in closer observation and appreciation of these two species of birds in Minnesota.  The American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) and the Common Raven (Corvus corax) are commonly confused, and many people do not possess the information to distinguish between them. Details are included about both their physical morphology and behavior, their flight habits and their calls.  Geographic information is important as sightings south of the interstate road are very rare.  South of that, it is highly likely the large black bird you are looking at is a crow not a raven.