Found Sounds: Ravens

Found Sounds: Ravens

Found Sounds is a SoundCloud community series focusing on some of the most weird and wonderful sounds that can be found on SoundCloud. Count on new installments with some of our favorite sounds each Tuesday!

Ravens get a bad rap in the bird world. Everybody knows they’re big, they’re scary looking, and they’re wicked smart. And, of course, they’re known for “gently rapping, rapping at the chamber door”, which is a bit spooky. But how does all this sound? This week, we take a closer listen to the sounds of ravens.

The first sound today comes from SoundsFromNature, the recording handle of Tero Linjama of Finland. All of the sounds on Tero’s profile are remarkable, but the sound of this raven is especially great. What a sound!

Common Raven, Corvus corax by SoundsFromNature


Up next, we’ve got a short one from a user named Korvus, who’s based in Brisbane, Australia. Most of Korvus’ sounds are musical compositions, but he did include this brief clip of an “Aussie Crow”. And what do you know, the name “Corvus” is the genus that includes crows and ravens. The crow must be especially significant to Korvus, then!

Aussie Crow by Korvus


Finally, we’ve got a whole collection of ravens in a gathering recorded by user Wildsong. Fun fact about members of the genus Corvus: “murder” is an acceptable plural noun for both crows and ravens (instead of “flock” or “pack”), and you can also refer to “an unkindness of ravens”. Setting aside that these birds really need to get a better PR person, the sound of this particular unkindness is great to listen to.

Raven gathering by Wildsong

photo: Raven / Aaron Harmon / CC BY 2.0

That’s all for this week’s Found Sounds! Tune in next week for more crazy sounds from the ‘Cloud.

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