(Corvus Caryocatactes, Linn.—Le Casse Noix, Buff.)
LENGTH thirteen inches. Bill two inches long, and black; eyes hazel; the crown of the head and hinder part of the neck black; the general colour is brown, covered with triangular spots of white; wings black; greater coverts tipped with white; the tail is black, white at the tip; rump white; legs and claws black.
This bird has seldom been seen in England: it is common in Germany, Sweden and Denmark, and frequents the most mountainous parts of those countries. It builds in holes of trees, and feeds on nuts, acorns, and the kernels of the pine, also on larvę, and on young birds and eggs. It is said to pierce the bark of trees with its bill, like the Wood-pecker. Our drawing was from a stuffed specimen in the Wycliffe museum.
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