What's the difference between
a jackdaw and a crow?

What's the difference between carrion crows
and jackdaws?

  • Jackdaws (Corvus monedula) and carrion crows (Corvus corone) are both members of the crow family.

  • Jackdaws are the smallest members of the crow family - and are about 10cm shorter than crows.

  • While crows are glossy black all over, jackdaws are mostly quite a dull drak grey colour (which does look black from a even a short distance away), except for a black cap.

  • The most distinctive difference between crows and jackdaws is in th eyes - adult jackdaws have white irises which show up sharply against their dark feathers. Crows have black eyes which merge into their glossy feathers.

  • Jackdaws make a 'jack jack' sound while crows make a 'caw caw' noise.

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