The Jackdaw is a member of the smallest member of the crow family. This species is black with a distinctive sheen of grey at the rear of the head and at the base of the wings. They also possess striking white eyes.


The jackdaw inhabits open woodlands, farmland, urban areas and interestingly old buildings. With a wide European range, excluding the Scottish Highlands, Iceland and northern parts of Scandinavia.


Jackdaws are known to eat insects, fruits and seeds, however they are able to eat small birds and bird eggs.

Predators & Threats

Predators include; foxes, cats and birds of prey. Jackdaw eggs are vulnerable to predation by a number of egg-eating species.


  • The chicks are fed by both parents for around 30 days.
  • Jackdaws are highly sociable.
  • When an individual of a group is sick or injured the “clattering” of jackdaws kill the wounded or sick bird.
Common Name(s)Scientific Name
Jackdaw, Eurasian Jackdaw, Western JackdawCorvus monedula
35-40 cm.
Approximately 5 years.

Best Time to Look

All year round.

Where to find Jackdaw