term used for a common Eurasian bird (genus Corvus
) of the family Corvidae (Crow
family), smaller than the American crow. The jackdaw is a European species of the genus. Rooks nest in large colonies, whence the term rookery.
They are classified in the phylum Chordata
, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Passeriformes, family Corvidae.
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia Copyright © 2004.
Licensed from Columbia University Press