Jackdaw Scientific name: Corvus monedulaLength: 30-34 cm
Status: Resident breeding species Wingspan: 64-73 cm
Breeding pairs: 1,400,000Weight: 220-270 g
Wintering birds:
Conservation status: Green

Description: Jackdaws are small blue-black crows with a grey neck and pale eyes. Their bill and legs are black.

Both male and female jackdaws look alike and juveniles are similar with a less prominent grey neck.

Nesting: Jackdaws breed from early April to mid May, nesting in colonies. They will use a hole in a tree or a cavity in a rock face or building. They make their nests from twigs lined with rags, soil, bark and hair.

Their eggs are pale blue with blackish-brown speckles. They lay 4-6 eggs which are incubated for 17-18 days by the female. Chicks fledge at 28-32 days.

Feeding: Jackdaws eat a varied diet including Invertebrates, fruit and seeds. They will also eat carrion and other birds’ eggs and nestlings.

Where to see them: Jackdaws can be seen all year round in fields, woods, parks and gardens. They are social birds and will often be found with rooks and crows.

Credit: Matthias Hemprich

Did you know? The jackdaw’s scientific name derives from the Latin for money due to its fondness for shiny objects.

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