The Cornish Chough, pp.212-213.

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   IS like the jack daw in shape and colour of body, but bigger in size. The bill and legs are in the former of a red colour, and are generally painted so in heraldry, where the bird has been for centuries a very common bearing. He is not only an inhabitant of Cornwall, but also of Wales and of all the western coasts of England. He is generally to be found among rocks near the sea; and builds there, as well as in old ruinous castles, and churches on the seaside. The voice of the Chough resembles that of the jack daw, except that it excels it in hoarseness and strength. 

   The Scare Crow frequents the fens of Lincolnshire; and belongs to the sea-gull kind. He is about the size of a blackbird. The wings are long with regard to the bigness of the body. The under part of the belly is white, and the legs red; the neck, head, and back are black; the back and coverts of the wings of a grey ash colour. We have searched for the cause of this bird bearing such a name as is generally given to any thing set up in order to frighten out birds from gardens and newly sown grounds, but we must fairly confess that we have failed in our enquiries. 

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