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.
jackdaw (plural jackdaws)
- 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).