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The Jackdaw (Corvus monedula) call is a high-pitched, metallic sounding “tchack“, which might account for the ‘jack’ in their name. ‘Daw’ was also traditionally used to mean ‘knavish or stupid’. The jackdaw can be found in fields, woods, parks and gardens. Most jackdaws pair for life. Adult birds are all black apart from a distinctive silvery sheen to the back of their heads with light grey, almost white eyes. They are renowned for their love – and often theft – of bright, shiny objects that they accumulate in their nests. Most jackdaws pair for life, sharing responsibilities for caring for their young and building nests in cavities of trees, cliffs and often in chimneys.
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