There was an Eagle who was flying down from his nest on a lofty
rock, caught a lamb and carried him along in his
A Jackdaw, who witnessed the capture of the
lamb, was stirred with jealousy and resolute to
follow the strength and flight of the Eagle.
He flew around with a great whir of his wings
and settled upon a large ram, with the intention
of carrying him off, but his claws became
entangled in the ram's fleece and he was not
able to release himself, although he fluttered
with his feathers as much as he could.
The shepherd, seeing what had happened, ran up
and caught him. He at once clipped the Jackdaw's
wings, and taking him home at night, gave him to
On their saying, "Father, what kind of bird is
it?' he replied, "To my certain knowledge he is
a Dawn; but he would like you to think an Eagle."