Two corvid-related sites worth visiting

I wanted to tell you about two corvid-related sites worth visiting both run out of the UK. Each is informative, helpful and specific to corvids.

The Corvid Journal

According to their about page,

This website is a new collaborative project dedicated to bringing you information and insights into the world of a remarkable family of birds, the Corvidae.

The Corvid family is really quite large and surprisingly varied, worldwide. Not all of them immediately resemble the archetypal Crow or Raven we most commonly associate with the group. Some are really quite exotic in appearance. Here, in the UK though, we have just 8 resident members of the Corvid family, the 5 True Crows that are the Raven, the Carrion Crow, the Hooded Crow, the Rook and the Jackdaw and their close relatives, the Chough, the Magpie and the Jay. These 8 species will be the main focus of this site. That said, we hope to find a room for all things Corvid, so along with articles and serious studies we’ll be adding a little fun too.

We plan to write a lot of original material ourselves and publish a number of articles written by people who have had close contact with Corvids. It seems a little pointless, however, to duplicate too much information that has been well documented elsewhere, so if the sources are reliable, of good quality and are clearly presented, we will just link to them with a brief description.

Corvid Aid


This site offers a how-to-guide for helping corvids in trouble, injured crows etc. You can find it here.

You can read in their own words what Corvid Aid is about,

Corvid Aid is a small, independently run corvid sanctuary. We aim to rescue and rehabilitate all corvids in need of our help. The sanctuary is based in West Yorkshire, England and is run by Vanessa Blackburn and her partner Jason Bastow.

Their about page is actually very informative and worth reading. Click on the ‘about’ link above. What an excellent cause to pursue! Thank you Vanessa and Jason for doing something to help the corvid family in the UK and by proxy around the world. You can also read an article they wrote published in the here.

Jackie – Avebury’s Albino Jackdaw

A kind man named Andrew brought to my attention Jackie, an albino jackdaw, who lives in the trees of Avesbury (in the UK), the largest stone circle in the world, in SW England.

Avebury Stone Circle, originally uploaded by Quentin C.

As majestic as the place is the albino jackdaw, locally named ‘Jackie’, who lives in the woods nearby this mystical place. Here is a picture and a video of Jackie kindly sent to me by Andrew (thank you Andrew!),

(Photo Source: Andrew Collins)


(Photo Source: Andrew Collins)

According to Andrew,

Jackie was first spotted on June 29, and is about two months old now. Obviously,  being at such a magical place is significant, especially as white animals with red eyes were seen as guides to the otherworld in Celtic mythology.

Fantastic point! Thanks again Andrew! Here is the video he shared with us,