One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small gray-headed crow that typically nests in tall buildings and chimneys, noted for its inquisitiveness.
Genus Corvus, family Corvidae: two species, in particular the Eurasian C. monedula
- ‘The corvids of North America consist of one species of jackdaw, four crows, two ravens, one nutcracker, two magpies, and ten species of jays.’
- ‘A cliff is nest site for jackdaws; they pop in and out of the football and fist-sized holes in the soft yellow magnesian limestone.’
- ‘The corvines - crows, rooks, jays, magpies and jackdaws - are relentless stealers of other birds' eggs and chicks.’
- ‘There are 113 members of the avian family called Corvidae, or corvids, which includes crows, jackdaws, rooks, ravens, as well as jays, nutcrackers and magpies.’
- ‘A clothesline is the strongest indication that this battered house is occupied, although jackdaws seem to be nesting in the chimney.’
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