Parched is an adjective meaning to “to have an extreme thirst for”. The term entered the English language around 1440 and is of unknown origins.
This thirsty crow decided to ask some people sitting along a low stone wall for assistance, seemingly unafraid of being in close proximity to humans. After ignoring proffered bread, the Western Jackdaw (Corvus monedula) kept pecking at a cold bottle of water, almost knocking it over in its attempt to pry the cap off. Finally, one of the nearby humans unscrews the bottle and pours some water into the cap. The parched crow eagerly takes several swallows. Finally hydrated, the crow then flies off.