Happy Valentine’s Day

Did you know jackdaws are one of the few birds which truly mate for life?

Jackdaws form pairs as young birds and will then remain together for all of their lives in a partnership sometimes referred to as a ‘marriage’. The couple will travel and feed together, and both birds are responsible for raising their young.

Jackdaws are almost always seen in flocks but among the many you may notice the birds within are divided into couples who tend to keep themselves slightly segregated from other birds and will defend their favourite feeding spot and nest site from the others.

Jackdaws cement their close bond by allopreening as shown by this pair below, captured a few weeks ago. They will also share food and even present each other with gifts of shiny objects.

Jackdaws allopreening

Canon EOS 80D with 70-300mm F/4-5.6 IS II USM   f/6.3   1/12500sec    ISO2000   at 266mm

Jackdaw are true love birds and ‘divorce’ is a very rare occurrence, even when a pair fails to breed successfully for many years. It seems their bonds are stronger than the innate need to breed and pass on their genes to the next generation.

Want to know more about the location where this photos was taken? Read here.

All photographs copyright of Claire Stott/Grey Feather Photography 2018 ©

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