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Ravens invade Reykjavík

About 1,000 ravens have been spotted in the capital area in the last few weeks, which is 5 to 10 percent of all ravens in Iceland. Most come looking for food, but others have started laying eggs in the city.

According to biologist Kristinn Haukur Skarphédinsson, ravens can eat almost anything. Most of the ravens in the city look for food at the garbage disposal areas. About 600 ravens have been spotted in the trash dump in Álfsnes alone, as RÚV reports.

Ravens stick together, as it provides them with security, and spend the nights in groups in the mountains Esja and Helgafell outside the city.

Skarphédinsson said ravens communicate with each other with 20 different types of sounds. They use the sounds to let other ravens know where they are and what they are doing, he explained.

Now, as spring is waiting around the corner, young ravens begin to mate. According to a legend, ravens lay eggs nine days before the first day of summer, which falls upon April 19 this year.

Skarphédinsson said research indicate ravens mate for life and build their nests in a permanent place.

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