Birds by Name – J
The Jackdaw, Coloeus monedula, is a passerine bird in the crow family and is found throughout Europe, western Asia and North Africa.
It is basically a small black crow with a silvery-bluey sheen to the back of its head, greeny sheen to the chest and with pale eyes.
It is between 35 and 39 centimetres in length.
The Jackdaw eats insects, young birds and eggs, fruit, seeds and any bits it can find lying around.
Species: C. monedula
Jays are medium-sized, colourful and noisy birds in the crow family Corvidae. The Eurasian Jay, Garrulus glandarus, is widespread from north-west Africa to the Indian sub-continent, although there are a number of recognised variations.
Jays live in deciduous and coniferous woodland and are very partial to acorns and in summer, often bury a stash for the winter. Although their main diet is acorns, nuts, berries and insects, they will also sometimes feast on the nestlings of other birds or even small mammals.
Species: G. glandarius