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Jackdaw

Description


The Jackdaw is a small black crow with a grey neck and pale eyes. It is sociable and usually seen in pairs or larger groups. It is quite an acrobatic flier and flocks will often chase and tumble together in flight. On the ground it both walks and hops.

The Jackdaw is one of the smallest species (34–39 cm in length) in the family of crows and ravens. It is omnivorous, eating invertebrates, fruit, seeds, carrion, small vertebrates or eggs, and is found across Europe, western Asia and North Africa.

Perched birds often chatter together, and before settling for the night large roosting flocks make a cackling noise. Like magpies, jackdaws are known to steal shiny objects such as jewellery, to hoard in nests.

 

Quick Facts


Number in Britain
106,000

Conservation Status UK
Green

Status in UK
Resident Breeder/ winter visitor

Length
34-39 cm

Wingspan
70cm

Weight
220g

Habitat
Open woodland, farmland, towns

First Record
12th Century

Egg Size
35x25 mm

Egg Weight
11.1 g

Clutch Size
4-5 eggs

Incubation
20 days

Fledging
32-33 days

Number of broods
1

First clutches laid
Late March

Age at First Breeding
2 years

Typical Lifespan
5 years

Maximum Recorded Age
15 years, 11 months


 

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