Jackdaw ( Corvus monedula)

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What Does The Jackdaw Look Like ?

A small black crow with a grey neck and pale eyes. Upper parts black with a blue gloss, nape and ear coverts grey , iris pale blue , sexes alike. It is sociable and usually seen in pairs or larger groups. It is quite and acrobatic flier and flocks will often chase and tumble together in flight. On the ground it both walks and hops.

How Big is The Jackdaw ?

Aprox 33 cm, weighing 240 g


Where does it live?

Woodland, parks and gardens with areas of grassland nearby to feed on. In towns it will breed in roofs and chimneys, which simulate its more natural tree hole nest sites.
Similar to breeding - but spends time in stubble and ploughed fields, and pasture, often in the company of rooks.

When does it Breed ?

April to June , 4 - 6 eggs, Incubation 17 - 18 days , young fledging at 28 to 35 days. Nests in buildings , Tree or Rock holes.

Where to see it

Fields, woods, parks and gardens. Absent from the Scottish Highlands. Often found on grasssland and pasture. Roosts communally in woodlands.

What does it eat?

Insects, worms , snails, mice , berries, seeds and scraps.

What does it sound like?

'Kee-ow' and 'tchack' calls.


Click to hear the jackdaw

When to see it

All year round.

Similar species

Chough, Carrion crow, Rook

Images Courtesy Of Sue Tranter (C)