Eurasian Jackdaw[1]
Coloeus monedula -Ham Common, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, England-8
A Jackdaw in London, England.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Clade: Inopinaves
Order: Passeriformes
Suborder: Passeri
Infraorder: Corvida
Superfamily: Corvoidea
Family: Corvidae
Subfamily: Corvinae
Genus: Coloeus
Species: C. monedula
Binomial name
Coloeus monedula
(Linnaeus, 1758)[1]

Corvus monedula

The Eurasian Jackdaw, Coloeus monedula is a species of bird in the Coloeus genus. It is closely related to the Daurian Jackdaw and the two form a species pair and are sometimes considered conspecific,[2] but they seem to replace each other geographically in vicinity of L Baikal and N Mongolia, meeting on very narrow front, but with very few reports of mixed pairings.[2]

Kryukov and Suzuki (2000) and Haring et al. (2007a) found that the jackdaws were rather distant from the other Corvus species.[3][4] They are split from Corvus into Coloeus, as recommended by Rasmussen and Anderton (2005).[5]

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Other common names Western Jackdaw, European Jackdaw, or simply Jackdaw.


It is smaller than crows and has a black plumage with smocky gray nape. The eyes are light blue.

Similar species

Bill is much more slender than Rook, Hooded Crow and Carrion Crow.[6] In flight, told apart by Hooded and Carrion by faster and slightly deeper wing beats of the proportionately somewhat longer and narrower wings,[6] also by broad but short neck, and by short bill that gives the bird a somewhat 'docked' appearance at front.[6] As a rule, also flies in denser flocks than crows (almost as pigeons), but flock formations can be similar.[6]


Hooded crow-jackdaw

a hooded crow chasing away a jackdaw from a nesting site.

It is a very smart and gregarious bird. It makes huge and noisy flocks.


Seeds, berries, carrion, lizards, mice, eggs and chicks, insects, worms.


a loud kiook.


it nests in colonies.
Jackdaw twig

a jackdaw with a twig for the nest on a street lamp.


It is found in cities and farmlands.


  1. ^ a b c Lepage, Denis. "Corvus monedula". Bird Checklists of the World. Avibase. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Madge, S. & de Juana, E. (2016). Eurasian Jackdaw (Corvus monedula). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 29 February 2016).
  3. ^ Kryukov, A.P., and H. Suzuki (2000), Phylogeography of carrion, hooded and jungle crows (Aves, Corvidae) inferred from partial sequencing of the mitochondrial cytochrome b gene, Russian J. Genet. 36, 922-929.
  4. ^ Haring, E., A. Gamauf, and A. Kryukov (2007a), Phylogeographic patterns in widespread corvid birds, Mol. Phylogenet. Evol. 45, 840-862.
  5. ^ Rasmussen, P.C., and J.C. Anderton (2005), “Birds of South Asia: The Ripley Guide.”, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.
  6. ^ a b c d Mullarney, Killian; Lars Svensson, Dan Zetterström and Peter J. Grant (1999). Birds of Europe. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0691050538.  Cite uses deprecated parameter |coauthor= (help)

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