Cotswold Wild Life

Num­ber 17 in a se­ries about a range of wild life that in­hab­its the Cotswolds, by Paul Davies

Cotswold Life - - INSIDER’S GUIDE -

Greater and Lesser Shed­dist (Crea­sote Crea­so­tis)

Rarely seen any­where out­side the con­fines of al­lot­ments and some less for­mal gar­dens (for­mal gar­dens have them but they are se­creted be­hind screen­ing and can be dif­fi­cult to find). Breeds: there is some dis­pute which is the greater and which is the lesser – the male or the fe­male. The fe­male nest tends to be cleaner and more or­gan­ised, the males nest is never painted in any other colour other than black or brown.

Plumage: Both have a ten­dency to bob­bly hats.

Call: A con­tented low-vol­ume whis­tle. You can buy prints of this at www.paul­davi­escar­toons.on­line

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