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For those that remember this picture I think these are the same ravens.
They were seen at the same spot in the forest and they performed the same behavior a few times.
I have no idea how common face nomming in ravens is but it would be neat to find out that I'm seeing a constant pair of ravens in the forest.
The sun was setting, which if black birds aren't at the right angle they'll be very dark!

Common raven
Corvus corax
Petrified Forest National Park
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presstartoplay Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
LMAO, this picture is so cute and funny. xDDD
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MargaretGuitarCrazy Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
Hah, i want a kiss like that.
Oh, I didn't say that.
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dark-lil-soul Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
trying so hard to kiss but they has no lips :3  
XD
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SkirmisherDak Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hehe very nice capture ^^
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LadyCorvidaea Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That is the equivalent of kissing for birds. So cute! :)
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I know :D They're so adorable when they do this. I hope to see them again this winter. No idea how long they keep their territories for. I'd imagine for a while. I think there's a different pair of ravens at every viewing point of the forest and desert. 
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Scarlet-Harlequin-N Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013
i think in the wild they can live for about 15-20 years.  so they'll be having their territory for a long time.
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LadyCorvidaea Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool! Ravens mate for life so I think they probably keep their territories for as long as possible.
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TheSepiaRaven Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the kind of picture I want to show people when they ask me why I love corvids. This is too cute.
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:D This is the only pair I've seen do this. I'm hoping they'll be around the same area when I visit Arizona again.
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solalis1226 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2013   General Artist
Cute!:heart:
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SilverVelvet Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013
For the ones wondering: Ravens mate for life. When they are between 1 and 3 years old they find themselves a parter they stick to for the rest of their lives, just like parrots. These are a male and a female and I'm indeed possitive these are the same birds as the other picture. I haven't seen face nomming on ravens before but other birds do it as a sign of affection or just playing around. It is a trust thing either way. And these two are obviously very fond of eachother :)

Thanks for posting these heart warming pictures, DeeOtter! And they're gorgeous and well shot as well
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
That would be awesome to know if they were the same ones. There must be one pair of ravens per popular viewing spot in the forest.
Either way, it's an adorable behavior that I hope to catch a few more times. I've seen some bill grappling between ravens but no face noms till I met these two.
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Guard-of-the-Citadel Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013   Photographer
Very interesting.....I'm certainly no expert on bird behavior so I have no insight to add, I just find it fascinating!
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Fascinating and pretty adorable :D
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robbobert Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Funky. I've seen wolves do this before, but never birds. At least not adult birds. That's bizarre. ;)
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
It is. I've only seen this pair do it I think. The only other time I've seen this in corvids was in the plush crested jays at the el paso zoo. The one doing the face nomming was being a jerk though, pecking at the other's beak and even pulling out a feather that was not ready to fall out.
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rydicanubis Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Such interesting behaviour. perhaps a trust thing?
'I trust you enough to let you put my face in your mouth.'
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Could be. I haven't looked much at trust behavior in birds.
I was thinking it may be a pair bonding thing, or just something that goofy ravens do. It's almost like bill-grappling but a little less intense and almost gentle.
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DawnSentinel Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Interesting. I wish we knew what that behavior meant.
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Me too. As far as I can tell it may be a bonding behavior between raven pairs.
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DawnSentinel Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Makes sense. It reminds me of how adults feed their young.
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah it does. The only difference here is that neither of the pair makes any begging noises like the youngsters do. There are really soft faint noises that one or the other makes. I'm at a loss to describe the kind of sound.
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DawnSentinel Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Sounds cute!
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roamingtigress Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
D'awww, what a precious capture. Such intelligent birds, and you've captured that charm they have here wonderfully.
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DeeOtter Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks! I think this has to be one of my favorite behaviors next to allopreening.
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roamingtigress Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013
You're welcome :) That's a charming behavior. I love allopreening too.
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