The hooded crow was a species of birds originally described by Carl Linnaeus (1707–78) in his Systema Naturae (1758), where he named it corvus cornix. The image of the hooded crow has traditionally been regarded as an unflattering caricature of clergymen in black, while the grey plumage on the bird’s back symbolizes the academic hood. The hooded cleric is thought to be something of a rara avis, which perches in a crow’s nest pulpit, from which it emits its distinctive squawking noises, six feet above contradiction! [Excerpt].
"‘Hooded crows’? A Reflection on Scottish Ecclesiastical Dress and Ministerial Practice from the Reformation to the Present Day,"
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