British Birds: Jackdaw Pictures: Meet Jack Daw the Car Park Attendant

Bird picture: Jackdaw

Jackdaw
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Meet the Jackdaw at RSPB Bempton Cliffs

Jackdaws are clever birds. They are adept at working out how to get easy food. The jackdaw pictures here, show one enterprising bird that has been dubbed 'The Car Par Attendant' by regular visitors to RSPB Bempton Cliffs in Yorkshire. The bird, often accompanied by friends, patrols up and down the length of the car park and picnic area waiting for crumbs and leftovers.

Despite their rather fierce appearance, jackdaws are rather tame, if loud, birds that many people find endearing. Most people who have come across them can tell you amusing tales of these birds whether they are foraging for food or nesting material. The pictures and much of the bird behaviour reported here is gleaned from personal experience of the author. I hope you enjoy meeting this one character and that you learn something of jackdaws in general.


Bird pictures: British Jackdaw

Jackdaw blinking.  Like most birds, jackdaws have a thin membrane, rather than an eyelid, that covers the eye.
Jackdaw blinking. Like most birds, jackdaws have a thin membrane, rather than an eyelid, that covers the eye. | Source
Jackdaw
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All about Jackdaws

Jackdaws belong to the crow family. They are about the same size as a pigeon and, although they are largely dark grey, they can be distinquished from other crows by the much paler colouring of grey on their neck. They have a shiny black cap, a pale, rather piercing eye, and a short thick beak. They have dark legs and feet. Female and male look alike.

Jackdaws are common birds in the UK, often seen in pairs or in flocks. Sometimes called the chimney sweeps, they like to nest and roost on chimney tops, even those in use. They like crags and crevices in deserted buildings or holes in trees. Cliffs are also popular nesting spots, and although jackdaws are not normally carrior eaters, here they do tend to snack on cliff-dwellering seabird eggs. Nest are made up of sticks with a lining of mud, grass and feathers and down. Here, we often see jackdaws gathering the down from goose nests that have blown away and one enterprising chap takes it from the moss that lines my summer hanging baskets. Fleece from sheep is also a popular lining and you can see jackdaws picking it from fences, ocassionally they have been known to take it right off a sheep's back.

Nesting begins any time between April and July and the female will lay around 6 eggs. She incubates the eggs and the male will feed her will she sits. Chicks hatch after about 18 days and they will fly when they are about a month old.

Jackdaws like to feed on open ground and will take seeds and berries, insects and worms and will eat scraps and nuts left out for them.

They have a particularly vocal group and can be recognised by a loud, sharp 'kwak' or a longer 'chee-ar' sound. Of all the crows, jackdaws seem to fly, just for the fun of it - you can see them swinging round in huge arcs and they tumble and glide on any handy termal they can find.


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"Did you leave this for me?"

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Jackdaw
Jackdaw

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"For what I am about to receive..."

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Jackdaw
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"Nom, nom, nom ... I can't get any more in this beak."

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Jackdaw
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"I'll just slide away quietly in case they want it back."

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Jackdaw
Jackdaw | Source

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"Down there looks relatively quiet for a nosh-up."

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Jackdaw
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"Oh Heck! A bite too far!"

Clever Jackdaw on Video

Jackdaw information: Geek Stuff

  • Order = Passeriformes
  • Family = Corvidae
  • Species = Corvus monedula
  • Length = 34 cm or 13 inches
  • Windspan = 67-74cm or 26-29 inches
  • Weight = 220-270g or 8-10 ounces
  • Lifespan = 5-10 years
  • Eggs - lays 4-6 eggs between April and July


Jackdaws use tools

Jackdaws are one of the few birds who uses tools to get to food.I often see them in my garden gathering up the rope that suspends nut nets to get at the food. This video is truly amazing.

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annmackiemiller 19 months ago from Bingley Yorkshire England Author

they are really very intellect - I love them


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OhMe 19 months ago from Pendleton, SC

I've never heard or seen a Jackdaw so really appreciated this article. Thanks for sharing.


Claire 4 years ago

I have 2 sets of families coming, they're nice birds and love scones with sultanas in and grated cheese among other treats I leave for them


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annmackiemiller 5 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England Author

thanks for visiting everyone, yes it is from the crow family.


fashion 5 years ago

Informative hub.I haven't heard about Jackdaws before,it looks just like a crow.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Ann, what a great character and fabulous photos.

I love your captions especially the praying one.

Many thanks for sharing and voting up.


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

They DO look fierce-reminds me of RAVENS. Your captions are hilarious! Esp. the praying one! Hahaha


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annmackiemiller 5 years ago from Bingley Yorkshire England Author

thanks ladies - Robin, I think they are largely European birds,


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Robin 5 years ago from San Francisco

I haven't heard about Jackdaws before. Can they be found in the United States, too? The picture of the bird blinking is amazing. What a shot!


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Jackdaws are fascinating and clever birds. I enjoy learning about them and about other members of the crow family too. Thank you for the information and the funny photo captions. Voted interesting.

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