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western jackdaw (Corvus monedula)


western jackdaw (Corvus monedula)
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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-05-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-07-21 0:28
Viewed: 607
Points: 8
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The western jackdaw (Corvus monedula), also known as the Eurasian jackdaw, European jackdaw, or simply jackdaw, is a passerine bird in the crow family. Found across Europe, western Asia and North Africa, it is mostly resident, although northern and eastern populations migrate south in winter. Four subspecies are recognised, which mainly differ in the colouration of the plumage on the head and nape. Linnaeus first described it formally, giving it the name Corvus monedula. Later analysis of its DNA suggests that, with its closest relative the Daurian jackdaw, it is an early offshoot from the genus Corvus, and possibly distinct enough to warrant reclassification in a separate genus, Coloeus. The common name derives from the word "jack", meaning "small", and "daw", the native English name for the bird.

Measuring 3439 centimetres (1315 in) in length, the western jackdaw is a black-plumaged bird with a grey nape and distinctive pale-grey irises. It is gregarious and vocal, living in small groups with a complex social structure in farmland, open woodland, on coastal cliffs, and in urban settings. An omnivorous and opportunistic feeder, it eats a wide variety of plant material and invertebrates, as well as food waste from urban areas. Western jackdaws are monogamous and build simple nests of sticks in cavities in trees, cliffs, or buildings. About five pale blue or blue-green eggs with brown speckles are laid and incubated by the female. The young fledge in four to five weeks.(Wikipedia)

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Hello Siegfried,
Excellent photograph of this Jackdaw. Very good light as well as color. Even shadow areas details are well visible. Good work...
Thanks for sharing,
Regards,
Srikumar

Ciao Siggi, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-07-21 12:54]

Hi Siggi,excellent capture of this jackdow,i like a lot the curious location,it seems in a relaxong break..ehhee...great sharpness and exposure too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

It's a new Jackdaw for me, Siegfried. I particularly like its eye.
It is a wonderful image of the bird.
Thanks.
Ram

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