[Jack and daw.] A bird of the crow kind, smaller than the rook and carrion crow, in length about 12 inches. Its plumage is of a glossy black, and it has a short black bill and black legs. It is common in the British Islands, and is found over nearly all Europe, also in Asia and the north of Africa, but not in America. It builds its nest in cliffs, ruins, towers, and elevated situations, and in chimneys and in hollow trees. Its food consists of worms, snails, and insects. Jackdaws lay from five to six eggs of a greenish color, covered with small dark-brown spots. They are easily domesticated, and soon become familiar and imitate the human voice.