Jackdaws are a member of the crow family. They are relatively large in size, measuring around 14 inches and have glossy black plumage with a paler grey “hood” around the back of the neck. Their wings may have a slight iridescent sheen in shades of teal or blue. They can be identified by their distinctive pale-grey irises and short, sharp beak.

They have a large wingspan, wide tails and black legs with long claws.

Jackdaws will nest in trees or cliffs but, in built-up areas, favour chimneys, roofs and dilapidated buildings. They feed mostly on the ground and will visit bins and landfills in the early morning to forage for food scraps.

They have also been observed riding on the backs of livestock in order to pick ticks off of them and pull out wool and fur to build their nests with.

Jackdaws are considered to be a pest for many people due to their destructive nature. A single flock can do inordinate damage to a field of crops and their fascination with shiny objects means that they can often scratch and peck wing mirrors on cars.


  • How do I get rid of jackdaws?

    This is dependent on where the problem is. Call a professional pest control company for advice.

  • Are jackdaws classed as pests?

    Yes, jackdaws mainly damage crops but can be destructive and damage property and cars too.

  • What fruit do jackdaws eat?

    Jackdaws prefer small berries

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