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A busy nesting place

Hrafn – Raven – Corvus corax

Breeding time has started for the Raven and as in previous years it has arrived back to its nesting place on a ledge in the building that houses the hardware store BYKO in Selfoss. In Iceland most Ravens lay their eggs in the end of March or the beginning of April.

The Raven makes its nest in cliffs and rocks but lately they have started making their nests in buildings and even in trees which is actually not uncommon outside Iceland. Now however there are trees tall enough for them to consider that possibility.

In early spring Ravens can be seen in tree tops where they try to break off twigs and small branches. This seems to be a game for them but we don not approve of this behaviour.

Sleeping sites

Hrafn – Raven – Corvus corax

There are a lot of Ravens in Iceland. They breed in rocks and cliffs but also in buildings and even telephone poles and sometimes trees. Most of the time, except during the breeding season, they roam the country side, visiting shores and urban areas in search of food. In evenings they gather in cliffs where they can rest and sleep.

One of these sleeping places is in Mount Ingólfsfjall not far from Selfoss. When counted in January and February, as they were coming into their sleeping area, the number of Ravens was around 450.


In the evenings, just before sunset, they come in flocks, large and small, from a big area in the Western part of South Iceland.  They reside high up in the cliffs and come every evening.   Sleeping sites or places like these are all around the country. When the breeding time begins the Raven pairs spread to their territories and cease coming to their joint sleeping places.

The biggest passerine

Hrafn – Raven – Corvus corax

The Raven (Corvus corax) is the biggest passerine bird (Passeriformes) in the world and a common breeding bird in Iceland.

Hrafn – Raven – Corvus corax

The Raven  lays its egg in rocks and ravines and sometimes in houses and trees. Breeding starts early in April.


There are around 2,000 breeding pairs in Iceland and the Raven stays in Iceland the whole year. This nest was in Helliskógur by Selfoss.

Raven nest