In Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019), not long after Queen Aurora entered into the secret chapel, we can see here that Diaval is struggling to climb the castle.

Diaval climbing the castle wall

Why didn't Diaval take the raven form?

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Diaval can't change his form by himself, it's Maleficent that chooses when and into what to transform him. I don't recall it being said directly in the movies, however, there are several scenes across both movies that make that fact clear.

As an example, when she turns him into a wolf in Maleficent (2014):

Diaval: How could you do that to me?
Maleficent: You said anything I need.
Diaval: Yeah, but not a dog!
Maleficent: It was a wolf, not a dog.
Diaval: It’s the same thing! They’re dirty, vicious, and they hunt birds.
Maleficent: Fine, next time I will turn you into a mealy worm.
Diaval: Well, I’ll be a mealy worm, gladly. Anything but a filthy, stinking…

[Maleficent turns him back into a raven before he can finish his sentence.]

There is also the scene in Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019) when they are walking through the castle and Diaval asks Maleficent if she ever thought about turning him into a bear:

Diaval: Did you ever consider turning me into a bear? I think I’d be quite impressive. Look at their claws…

So, to answer your question: he couldn't.

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