Birds of St Columba's - Jackdaw

The Jackdaw
Jackdaw (Corvus monedula) This is one of the most common members of the crow family (Corvidae) because it is tolerant of man. Flocks of them are frequently seen flying and tumbling acrobatically around the Warden’s house making their typical chattering sound. They are essentially black with a charcoal grey neck. They nest in chimneys [which they block to the annoyance of the human residents] and other hollows in buildings, so they have plenty of prime accommodation here. They lay a clutch of four to six green eggs with brown/black blotches from mid April onwards in a nest made of twigs and lined with straw and hair. Their diet consists of insects, seeds and scraps.


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