The Jackdaw, Birds and Beasts in Welsh folklore and mythology, a tale from Wales
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Title: The Jackdaw


This bird is considered sacred because it frequents church steeples and builds its nest there. It is said to be an innocent bird, though given to carrying off things and hiding them in out-of-the-way places. When ignorance of a fault is pleaded, it is a common saying, “I have no more knowledge of the fact than the Devil has of the jackdaw”. The Devil evidently will have nothing to do with this bird, because it makes its home in the church steeple and he hates the church and everything belonging to it.


Find information on "The Jackdaw", and Birds and Beasts, in Wales. Celtic and Welsh mythology and folklore in the Walesdirectory.co.uk.