Eurasian Jackdaw

Corvus monedula

Order

PASSERIFORMES

Family

Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Code 4

EUJA

Code 6

CORMON

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PHOTOS

CONSERVATION STATUS

Least Concern

The Eurasian Jackdaw is native to many parts of Asia, the Middle East and Europe. This bird species is thought to be extinct in Tunisia and Malta. It has also been seen in Canada, Japan and the United States. The range of the Eurasian Jackdaw is estimated to be about 10 million square kilometers. The population of this bird species is around 30,000 individual birds. This bird species has a current evaluation of Least Concern due to its significant range and fairly large population. This rating is downgraded from a prior rating of Lower Risk in 2000.

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BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

SUMMARY

Overview

Eurasian Jackdaw: Small, black crow with glossy blue-black metallic sheen on back and shoulders. Nape and ear patches are gray, eyes are pale gray, and bill is short and pointed. Feeds on insects, amphibians, reptiles, rodents, eggs and young of other birds, seeds, fruits and berries.

 

Range and Habitat

Eurasian Jackdaw: Accidental to casual in North America, where it has been recorded in Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, and the northeastern U.S. from Maine south to Pennsylvania. May be found in both urban and rural areas, and is often seen around churches and older buildings; resident on farmlands and also in towns and parks.

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Eurasian Jackdaw SONGS AND CALLS

Eurasian Jackdaw L1

Interaction calls between two birds.

Eurasian Jackdaw P1

"Chjak" calls from a small flock.

Similar Sounding


Voice Text

"chack", "kow", "kyow"

INTERESTING FACTS

  • The Eurasian Jackdaw is one of the smallest species in the genus of crows and ravens.
  • Aesop wrote four fables about Jackdaws: The Eagle and the Jackdaw, The Vain Jackdaw, The Escaped Jackdaw, and The Jackdaw and the Pigeon.
  • In some cultures, a Jackdaw on the roof is said to predict a new arrival; alternatively, a Jackdaw settling on the roof of a house is an omen of death and coming across one is considered a bad omen.
  • A group of jackdaws are collectively known as a "flock" and a "train" of jackdaws.

SIMILAR BIRDS

RANGE MAP NORTH AMERICA

About this North America Map

This map shows how this species is distributed across North America.

FAMILY DESCRIPTION

TERMINOLOGY

CREDITS

Author

Gary Owen Dick

Artist

Samira Belous

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NapeX
Also called the hindneck or collar, it is the back of the neck where the head joins the body.
FaceX
The front part of the head consisting of the bill, eyes, cheeks and chin.
Parts of a Standing bird X
Head Feathers and Markings X
Parts of a Flying bird X