At 48 to 54 cm in length, it is only marginally larger than the 48 to 50 cm Little Raven, and is best distinguished from it by a higher-pitched call and more deeply gingered wingtips. It is common throughout eastern Australia and southern Western Australia (the populations being connected by a narrow strip across the Nullarbor Plain) but not found in the far north.
Food is carrion, insects, seeds, fruit, small reptiles, nestlings and eggs. Food is taken mainly from the ground but will feed in trees also.
Nest: Always nests in tall trees, never near to the ground as some species do. Eggs, 5-7 incubated over 20 days. Fledged by 45 days and staying with parents four about four months after that.
Voice: A mournful "aaaar aaaar aaaar" dying away towards the end often into a gargling. The long throat feathers hang down in a very distinctive way when it is calling.