Saturday, 15 August 2009

Eurasian Jackdaw (Corvus monedula)

OTHER NAMES: Jackdaw, Western Jackdaw, European Jackdaw, Caddaw
Latin Etymology: Corvus ("raven") monedula ("money eater")
Adult Eurasian Jackdaw (subspecies C. m. spermologus) at Trevose Head, Cornwall - June 2011

Featured Subspecies: Corvus monedula spermologus
Weight: 250g  /  Length: 34-39cm  /  Wingspan: 67-74cm
UK GREEN LIST / IUCN Red List: Least Concern

One of the more common members of the crow family, the jackdaw is also perhaps the tamest, or at least boldest, when it comes to getting close. It is the smallest of the black members of the crow family with a distinctive grey head with dark forehead. It does seem easiest to photograph in touristy spots - presumably because it is scavenging off of dropped food, though it has adapted well to life in many urban areas in general.

Related Species:
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Corvidae
Genus: Corvus
Subspecies: C. m. monedula, C. m. spermologus, C. m. soemmerringii, C. m. cirtensis  

- Sighting Locations -
UNITED KINGDOM - Abundant resident (1,400,000 pairs)
SPAIN - Spanish - Grajilla 
 - MADRID 2016 TRIP: Seen flying over Laguna Campillo. 

Further Notes: BirdForum Opus, IUCN Red ListRSPBWikipedia, Xeno-canto

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