Daurian Jackdaws

The Daurian Jackdaw (Corvus dauuricus) belongs to the crow family and is closely related to the Eurasian Jackdaw.

Description

The Daurian Jackdaw averages 32 cm in length.

It has a mostly black upper plumage and large areas of creamy white on the lower parts extending up around the neck as a thick collar.

The head, throat, wings and tail are glossy black and the ear coverts (feathers covering the ears) are grizzled grey. The iris is dark in this species.

Similar Species

The only other pied species around is the Chinese Collared Crow (C. torquatus) but as this is a much larger bird (about the same size or slightly larger than the Carrion Crow (C. corone) confusion is unlikely to occur.

Daurian Jackdaws
Daurian Jackdaw

Distribution and Habitat

The Daurian Jackdaws occur from the more southerly part of eastern Siberia, south to Mongolia and down into all of China. In the north of their range, they migrate further south during the winter.

They inhabit open woodland, river valley and open hills and mountains.

Diet

They feed on cultivated grains, insects and berries, and feeding on insects from animal dung.

Nesting

The Daurian Jackdaw nests in trees in tree cavities, rock openings or ruined buildings.