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chough THE TEMPEST, ii. 1. 257; HAMLET, v. 2. 88; “choughs,” A MIDSUMMER-NIGHT'S DREAM, iii. 2. 21 ; ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL, iv. 1. 19; THE WINTER'S TALE, iv. 4. 608; MACBETH, iii. 4. 125; KING LEAR, iv. 6. 13. Yarrell observes that in the description of Dover cliff,— “The crows and choughs that wing the midway air,” “— possibly Shakespeare meant Jackdaws, for in the Midsummer-Night's Dream he speaks of russet-pated (greyheaded) Choughs, which term is applicable to the Jackdaw, but not to the real Chough.” Hist. of Brit. Birds, vol. ii. p. 58, sec. ed.

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