Jackdaw

Jackdaw

Scientific name: Corvus monedula

Did you know: Jackdaws, with their distinct silver sheen at the back of their head and piercing pale eyes, are known for their hard ‘tchack’ call which interestingly gives them their name.

What Do Jackdaws Look Like? (how to identify them)

Jackdaws are the smaller, more delicate relatives of crows, characterised by their sleek black plumage with a distinctive silvery sheen at the back of their head. 

Their most striking feature is their pale eyes, contrasting vividly against their dark feathers. They are known for their agile flight and adaptability to various environments.

Differences Between Male And Female Jackdaws

Male and female Jackdaws appear very similar, with both sporting the species’ characteristic grey and black feathering. However, juveniles can be distinguished by their darker eyes and slightly duller brownish plumage compared to adults.

What Do Jackdaws Eat?

Jackdaws have a diverse diet including insects, young birds and eggs, fruit, seeds, and scraps. Their feeding habits change seasonally, with a preference for animal foods during the breeding season and more reliance on plant matter in winter. They are also known for scavenging and foraging in urban areas.

Where Do Jackdaws Live? (inc. migration info)

Jackdaws are adaptable birds, thriving in a variety of habitats such as woodlands, uplands, urban and suburban areas, farmland, and grasslands. 

They are resident species in the UK, with their numbers boosted in winter by visitors from Northern Europe. Jackdaws nest in chimneys, buildings, rock crevices, and tree holes.

Bird Calls & Songs (the unique voices of Jackdaws)

Jackdaws are vocal birds, with their call being a distinctive and sharp ‘tchack’. They use various calls to communicate within their social groups, especially during roosting and foraging.

Fun Jackdaw Facts (kid friendly)

  • Jackdaws have a wingspan of about 70 cm, making them agile flyers.
  • They weigh around 220g, quite light for their size.
  • In the UK, there are approximately 1.4 million breeding pairs of Jackdaws.
  • Their diet is quite varied, including insects, fruits, seeds, and even young birds.
  • Jackdaws are known for their intelligence and can be taught to do tricks.
  • They often nest in chimneys and buildings, adapting well to urban environments.
  • Juvenile Jackdaws have stunning blue eyes.
  • Jackdaws pair up for life and are known for their strong bond.
  • They are part of the crow family, known for their cleverness.
  • The Jackdaw population in the UK has been increasing since the 1960s.

Facts About The Jackdaw

Diet: Insects, young birds and eggs, fruit, seeds and scraps.
Bird Family: Crows
Length: 34 cm
Wingspan: 70 cm
Weight: 220 g
Scientific Name: Corvus monedula

The Jackdaw Can Be Seen In The UK During The Following Months

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

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Hatchling
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Nestling
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Juvenile