Jackdaws in Ireland
jackdaw is one of Ireland's top 20 most widespread garden birds.
He is a familiar figure to most people - even those that know little
with the related Jay the Jackdaw is Ireland's smallest crow. Like
all members of the Corvidae family, Jackdaws are naturally inquisitive
and very intelligent birds.
Jackdaws are all black apart from their grey nape, shoulders and
ear-coverts and pale grey eyes. The beak and legs are also black.
Name for Jackdaw
Irish word for jackdaw is Cág.
are omnivorous in their eating habits. They are opportunistic feeders
will as readily take small mammals or birds, as feed off human food
feeding versatility means that they will feed on seeds, grain, berries,
other fruits, insects, worms, other bird eggs, small mammals, young
birds, young mammals (even rabbits), domestic food waste, and landfill
Jackdaws are largely fed on invertebrates by their parents while
in the nest.
widespread bird Jackdaws are found almost everywhere in Ireland.
It is only in mountainous areas of the west of Ireland is it rare
or absent. They will use the old nests of larger birds or use holes
in trees and crevices in buildings. A Jackdaw's nest is made from
twigs and is lined with hair, rags, bark, soil, and a variety of
other materials. Jackdaws nest in colonies and will often nest close
lay smooth, glossy pale blue eggs are marked with blackish-brown
mottling. The female incubates the eggs by herself. After the young
chicks hatch they are fed by both parents.
Fact About Jackdaws
the average lifespan of a Jackdaw is five years the longest lived
individual lived for just over 17 years.
34cm Wingspan: 70cm Weight:
M & F: 220g
High-pitched kyow or tchack.
Woodland, scrubland, urban areas.
Omnivorous. Invertebrate, carrion, birds eggs, young birds
& mammals, domestic food waste, fruit, seeds.
March to May
From 2 years
Number of Eggs:
No. of Clutches:
Status in Ireland: Green
Range in Ireland
jackdaw is resident throughout Ireland.