Family Crows and Jays (Corvidae)

Least Concern

Daurian Jackdaw (Corvus dauuricus)


French: Choucas de Daourie German: Elsterdohle Spanish: Grajilla oriental

Corvus dauuricus


, 1776,

Transbaikalia, Russia


Along with C. monedula sometimes separated in Coloeus, but recent studies#R#R found them to form a basal clade within present genus. The two are sometimes considered conspecific, but they seem to replace each other geographically in vicinity of L Baikal and N Mongolia, meeting on very narrow front, but with very few reports of mixed pairings. Dark immature of present species at one time thought to be a different species (“C. neglectus”). Confusing variety of intermediate specimens were also given names (e.g. griseiventris and nigriventris). Other synonyms are fuscicollis (Baikal) and khamensis (Xinjiang, in W China). Monotypic.


S part of E Siberia from NW L Baikal E to Amurland and Ussuriland (SE Russia), S through Mongolia to E & NE China (E from NE Xinjiang and E Qinghai, S to SE Xizang, Yunnan and Jiangsu) and N Korea. N breeders migrate S to as far as SE China, S Korea and S Japan.

Descriptive notes

33–36 cm; 110–275 g; wingspan 67–74 cm. Small, sociable corvid with moderately long tail somewhat rounded at tip, small and short bill; flattish forecrown,... read more


Loud "chjak"; calls very like those of C. monedula, but perhaps a little less... read more


Open country, preferably with scattered trees. Large clearings and edges in riverine forest, and... read more

Food and feeding

Omnivorous; feeds chiefly on seeds and grain outside breeding season, but mostly invertebrates, chiefly insects, during breeding season.... read more


Laying from mid-Feb in most of Chinese range, much later, late May, in Xizang; mid-May in Tuva (SC Russia). Semi-colonial, several pairs... read more


S populations basically resident. N populations migratory, although small numbers may remain about... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Quite common, but hardly abundant. Seems somewhat localized in Transbaikalia, but quite numerous in suitable habitat in Mongolia and... read more

Recommended citation

Madge, S. (2020). Daurian Jackdaw (Corvus dauuricus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 24 February 2020).