Jackdaw (Corvus monedula)

Jackdaw (Corvus monedula)

Description

The Jackdaw (Corvus monedula) is a small member of the crow family. Dark grey to black in colour, with a lighter neck it can appear black from a distance.

This is an outgoing, noisy bird with a jaunty step and quick appearance in flight. They are renowned thieves with a liking for shiny or bright objects.

Unlike the crow, it is a sociable bird often seen ‘chattering’ together before settling for the night. They mate for life at around a year old but mating does not begin for a further year.

Frequent visitors to our gardens, their diet is varied, from berries and fruit to insects and small animals and, of course, our scraps.

These birds can be a pest for homeowners as they like to build their nests in chimneys causing a blockage or worse – the nest falling into the open fireplace, birds and all! They have also been known to spread disease by pecking foil topped milk and contaminating it while they drink – thankfully this threat has all but passed with the increase in plastic tops.