British Wildlife 31.5 June 2020

The Jackdaw – the story of the church parson

The Jackdaw is a familiar species to many of us, and so, as is sometimes the case for more common species, they may be a bird that is overlooked. Richard Jefferson seeks to inspire an appreciation of the Jackdaw by exploring the folklore and natural history of this captivating corvid and discusses its association with humans and other animals. 

The Jackdaw Corvus monedula is a fascinating bird that has long attracted the attention of ethologists, naturalists and writers. This species belongs to the corvid family, the members of which, along with parrots, stand out among all birds for their advanced levels of cognition and a propensity for vocal learning.


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