- a small European crow (Corvus monedula) with a gray nape
- any of various birds, as a large-tailed grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus)
Origin of jackdawjack- + daw
- A European bird of the crow family (Coloeus monedula), often nesting in church towers and ruins.
- A Daurian jackdaw, a closely related Asian bird (Coloeus dauuricus).
Compound of jack and daw The first element, also present in Low German Kajak, (North Saxon) Jöker "jackdaw", may refer either to its characteristic call, often represented as tchak-tchak, or to the name Jack. The second element means "jackdaw" in itself, from Old English dāƿe, and is cognate with German Dohle.