Key information: The Jackdaw is a small crow species that can be found in Cyprus all year round. It is a very sociable bird, usually seen in flocks and roosting communally on cliffs. It mates for life, nesting in holes in trees or on cliffs and buildings. It is very vocal, often uttering a characteristic and energetic “tchack” call. It is smaller than the Hooded Crow.
Length: 30 – 34 cm
Habitat: Farmland, mountains and forests, coastal areas
When they can be seen: All year round
What they eat: Invertebrates, seeds, fruits
In Cyprus: Can be seen in open areas, farmland and coastal areas so long as there are cliffs, as well as in town centers, where they breed on tall office buildings
Status: Resident breeder
Illustration by Paschalis Dougalis