Garden Wildlife – Part 4 Jackdaws

Jackdaws are pretty common birds and because of this they are easy to ignore, but if you look closely at their bright blue eyes and purple sheen to their feathers, they are quite stunning.

Jackdaws are also interesting to watch, they strut around our front lawn first thing in the morning, chattering away to each other.

Jackdaws recognise human faces and get used to certain humans being around. There are also many stories about people adopting abandoned fledglings who then stay close to that human for a long time after growing. Both my mum and dad have stories of people they know having friendly Jackdaws.


  • Jackdaws are the smallest member of the crow family with a total length of 34cm, a wingspan of 70cm and weight of 220g
  • They have an average lifespan of 5 years
  • They eat insects, fruits, seeds, scraps, eggs and young birds.
  • They often pair for life
  • The collective name is a clattering of Jackdaws.
  • Jackdaws have a complex social structure with a hierarchy within the group
  • There have been reports of Jackdaws looking after an injured member of their group
  • They love shiny objects
  • They make their nests in holes in trees and often chimneys
  • Alternative names for Jackdaws are Chimney bird, kakae, Caddow, Jacko, Chimneysweep bird and College bird.
  • There is a lot of folklore around Jackdaws.

Jackdaw from my window

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About Alex White - Appletonwild

This is my diary of the wildlife where I live in Oxfordshire, and sometimes the places I visit. My passion is for British wildlife, especially Badgers and Hares. This year my debut book "Get Your Boots On" was published I am a keen amateur photographer. All the photographs on this blog are taken by myself unless stated otherwise. I am a member of A Focus on Nature, the network for Young Nature Conservationists, BBOWT, The Oxon Mammal group and The Oxfordshire Badger Group. You can also follow me on Twitter @Appletonwild Instagram appletonwild
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