The jackdaw is a small crow that lives in Eurasia and northern Africa. The jackdaw grows to a lenght of about 13 inches. It has glossy black plumage with a silvery-gray band around the neck and gray undersides. Large numbers of jackdaw often live in the towers of buildings, in parks, and around farms. They breed in large colonies, usually building their nests in tree holes, buildings, or cliffs. The female lays four to six eggs. Jackdaws are easy to tame, and they can be taught to imitate human speech.
    The jackdaw, Corvus monedula, is classified in the order Passeriformes, family Corvidae.