What are ravens scared of?

Answered by Tom Adger

Ravens are intelligent and adaptable birds, but like many animals, they have natural fears and aversions that can be used to deter them. While they may not be scared of everything, there are certain things that can make them uneasy and cause them to avoid an area.

1. Predators: Ravens are wary of predators, particularly larger birds such as hawks and eagles. The presence of these birds of prey can make ravens feel threatened and cause them to stay away. Additionally, the sounds of predator calls, such as recordings of hawks or owl screeches, can also be effective in scaring ravens away.

2. Loud Noises: Loud and sudden noises can startle ravens and make them feel unsafe. This can include things like banging pots and pans together, using air horns, or even setting off fireworks. However, it’s worth noting that frequent or continuous loud noises may eventually lose their effectiveness as the birds become habituated to them.

3. Visual Deterrents: Ravens are wary of unfamiliar and threatening objects in their environment. Visual deterrents can be highly effective in scaring them away. Some commonly used visual deterrents include scarecrows, scare eye balloons, and large inflatable predators like an owl or a coyote. These objects mimic natural predators and make the ravens feel uneasy and avoid the area.

4. Reflective Objects: Ravens are known to be wary of shiny or reflective surfaces. Hanging reflective tape, also known as flash tape, in the area can create a visual disturbance that makes the birds uncomfortable. The movement and reflection of light can be disorienting and deter ravens from approaching.

5. Decoys: Placing decoy animals, such as fake owls or hawks, in the area can also scare ravens away. These decoys create the illusion of a predator’s presence, making the ravens think twice before venturing closer.

6. Bird Gard Unit: The Bird Gard unit is an audio deterrent that emits a variety of distress calls, predator sounds, and other avian vocalizations. These sounds can be programmed to play intermittently, creating an unpredictable soundscape that makes the ravens feel threatened and unsafe. The unit should be strategically placed to cover the area where the ravens are causing problems.

It’s important to note that while these scare tactics can be effective in deterring ravens, they are not foolproof. Ravens are intelligent birds and may eventually become habituated to the deterrents if they are not rotated or changed periodically. It’s also crucial to combine different scare tactics and vary them to keep the birds on edge.