The Crow Family
There are six members of the Crow family and the one that is the most common and most easily recognised is the Magpie because of its black and white feathers. The Jay, with its electric-blue and white wings, can also be recognised, but it is not so often seen like the Magpie because of its shy and secretive nature.
The other birds of the Crow family such as the Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Raven and Rook look very similar and are sometimes very difficult to tell apart since they are all black birds. However, there are differences: the Carrion Crow has brown coloured eyes and can sometimes be seen flying alone, the Jackdaw has silvery white coloured eyes and silver-grey feathers on its nape and it likes to live close to other Jackdaws, the Raven is a large bird that has shaggy feathers on its throat and the Rook has a greyish skin at the base of its beak after it has reached its sixth month.
All these birds: the Carrion Crow, the Jackdaw, the Jay, the Magpie, the Raven and the Rook all have individual personalities and life styles which can be read about in our website. We hope you enjoy reading about these wonderful birds.