Mondela Purpurea: The Purple Jack-Daw.
This is not so
big by one third part as the
common Jack-Daw, weighing six ounces: the Bill
black; the Eyes gray; the Tail long, the
Middle-feathers longest, the rest gradually
shorter. At a distance they seem all black,
but at a nearer view, they appear purple,
particularly the Head and Neck has most lustre:
The Hen is all over brown, the Wing, Back and
Tail being darkest. They make their Nest on
the branches of trees in all parts of the
country, but most in remote and unfrequented
places; from whence in Autumn, after a vast
increase, they assemble together, and come
amongst the Inhabitants in such numbers that
they sometimes darken the air, and are seen
in continued flights for miles together,
making great devastation of grain where they
light. In winter they flock to barn-doors.
They have a rank smell; their flesh is course,
black, and is seldom eat.