Life Partners

March 7, 2019

Ravens take around two to four years to mature and before finding their mate, hang around in teenage gangs according to some research, but once they do mate, they are monogamous and establish a territory for themselves.

I most often observe Ravens in our Interior British Columbia setting in pairs, unlike their crow cousins which gather in huge numbers.

Together Forever‘ , 10″ x 10″, watercolour on art board
by Lance Weisser

“The raven is symbolic of mind, thought and wisdom according to Norse legend, as their god Odin was accompanied by two ravens: Hugin who represented the power of thought and active search for information. The other raven, Mugin represented the mind, and its ability to intuit meaning rather than hunting for it. ” []

11 Responses to “Life Partners”

  1. sue clancy said

    Thank you!!! I know what you mean! Animals in art have my heart – and I really enjoyed your ravens!! Keep up your good work!!

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  2. THANK YOU Sue–your animal illustrations are wonderful. I grew up with the Burgess books as a boy, and loved the animal characters so much.


  3. sue clancy said

    Love the details on the raven especially!


  4. Thanks so much! What a wonderful compliment! Appreciate it! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ’•

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  5. THANK YOU CHARLIE–your site is always an inspiration to watercolourists everywhere.

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  6. Your ravens are stunning! Love this! ๐Ÿ™‚ And very interesting story and symbolism behind them!


  7. How interesting that teenage ravens have higher levels of stress hormones in their poo. Being a teenager is tough! And cool that there are people studying teenage raven gangs! Thanks for letting me know! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. hahaha–look, I found this tidbit on an info-gathering search: [10 Unique Things About Ravens] “. . . 10. Ravens roam around in teenage gangs.
    Ravens mate for life and live in pairs in a fixed territory. When their children reach adolescence, they leave home and join gangs, like every human motherโ€™s worst nightmare. These flocks of young birds live and eat together until they mate and pair off. Interestingly, living among teenagers seems to be stressful for the raven. Scientists have found higher levels of stress hormones in teenage raven droppings than in the droppings of mated adults. Itโ€™s never easy being a teenage rebel. . . ” Like you, I’ve never come across these biker-gang teen ravens, so maybe you and I will believe it when we see it (smile). Thank you for commenting and liking my ‘draw a bird day’ post!

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  9. Beautiful painting :-). I love watching the raven pair in my neighbourhood soar above the 24 storey buildings. I wonder where their children go each year. Where is that gang of teenage ravens?!

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  10. I love your work–and your write-ups, which bring a smile and often a laugh.


  11. Victor Ho said

    Thanks for the new info. I did not know this. And great work, as always.


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