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Western jackdaw

Corvus monedula monedula


Measuring 34–39 centimetres (13–15 in) in length, the western jackdaw is a black-plumaged bird with a grey nape and distinctive pale-grey irises. It is gregarious and vocal, living in small groups with a complex social structure in farmland, open woodland, on coastal cliffs, and in urban settings




The jackdaw is a highly sociable species outside of the breeding season, occurring in flocks that can contain hundreds of birds. Within flocks there is a strict hierarchy, with a head bird. Occasionally the flock makes 'mercy killings', in which a sick or injured bird is mobbed until it is killed. It is also an intelligent, curious and social bird. They can be quite unafraid but is always vigilant. A juvenile can quite easily be made tame and can be taught to mimic words or to come when you call it.

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Västmanlands län, Sweden

Lat: 59.92, Long: 16.61

Spotted on Jul 1, 2014
Submitted on Aug 8, 2014

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