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Western Jackdaw

(Corvus monedula)
Alternate name(s): "Eurasian Jackdaw", "European Jackdaw", "Jackdaw"
German name(s): "Dohle"

Size: 30-34 cm; wing span 64-73 m
Weight: 175-280 g

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Western Jackdaw at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "monedula"

Lateral view of a Western Jackdaw with its head turned towards the observer; note the conspicuous dark facial mask (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, January 2017]

Close-up lateral view of a Western Jackdaw with its head turned towards the observer (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, February 2017]

Lateral view of a Western Jackdaw; note the light-grey crescent on the side of the neck that, depending on light conditions and posture, is not always visible, while in this perspective the facial mask is inconspicuous (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, January 2017]

Lateral view of a Western Jackdaw (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Ostrow Mazowiecka, Masovia, Poland, January 2017]

Small flock of Western Jackdaws, together with two Hooded Crows (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, Masovia, Poland, January 2015]

Near-dorsal view of two Western Jackdaws, front, together with two Hooded Crows; note that the bird on the left visibly has a light-grey neck band (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, Masovia, Poland, January 2015]

Behaviour

Western Jackdaws are the most sociable species of corvids in Europe.

Even though forming flocks outside the breeding season, pairs of Western Jackdaws, which mate for life, will stay close to each other all year round. Within flocks, pairs will usually still be recognizable. During the breeding season pairs will almost invariably roost and perch together.

Near-dorsal view of two Western Jackdaws (possibly a pair), front, together with two Hooded Crows (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, Masovia, Poland, January 2015]

Food, Diet

Like all corvids, Western Jackdaws are opportunistic omnivores.

Small flock of Western Jackdaws, together with an Hooded Crow, trying to scavenge food from a farmer's heap of silage (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Brok, Masovia, Poland, January 2015]

Call(s)/Song

For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

jackdaw_dw_20170112.mp3 monedula
(Poland)
Contact calls? © DW
jackdaw_dw_20170112_2.mp3 monedula
(Poland)
Various © DW
jackdaw_dw_20160523.mp3 monedula
(Poland)
? © DW
jackdaw_dw_20160523_2.mp3 monedula
(Poland)
? © DW
jackdaw_dw_20170201.mp3 monedula
(Poland)
? © DW

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