Eurasian Jackdaw

Corvus monedula

(C. m. soemmerringii)

Armenian Name: Սովորական ճայ
Eurasian Jackdaw

See Plate 60 for Eurasian Jackdaw and other similar species

Resident Status: Year-round resident
Abundance: Common
Length:33-34 cm, Wing Span:67-74 cm
Distribution Map: Map 342.
Description: Short bill and slightly-rounded tail.
Adult: Whitish eye and pale gray rear head and neck, narrow whitish band at base of nape.
Juvenile: Dark eye and blackish head.
Similar Species: Differs from Rook by smaller size and gray hindneck.
Behavior: Gregarious; feeds and often nests in large groups. Flocks noisy, often mixing with other crows.
Habitat: Widespread in steppes and valleys.
Food: Invertebrates, seeds, organic refuse.
Nest: Bulky cup of twigs lined with grass, wool, feathers, and rubbish in burrow in sand or clay bank, in tree or building.
Eggs: 35 mm, 4-6, pale blue, blackish blotches.