Another member of the crow family, the jackdaw is smaller than all the others being only 33-34 cm (13-14 in) in length. It is also distinguished by the grey nape of its neck and its pale eyes. It can be found in both town and country, and is often seen around churches and old buildings, on which they commonly nest.
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The corvines - crows, rooks, jays, magpies and jackdaws - are relentless stealers of other birds' eggs and chicks. During the nesting season they nest in medium-sized colonies of 20 or more birds, using church towers, mills, etc, indeed anywhere there is a cavity for shelter and shade, from where they will sally forth on foraging expeditions.
The jackdaw's diet consists mainly of insects, seeds and scraps. They are notorious scavengers. Its call is a harsh 'kee-ow' or 'tchack' but they have been known to mimic other sounds - even human speech when raised in captivity.