Flights of Fancy: Birds in Myth, Legend, and Superstition

Flights of Fancy: Birds in Myth, Legend, and Superstition

Peter Tate


the precise bedside spouse for each bird-watcher and nature lover, within Flights of Fancy you’ll locate:

Cranes
“Don’t promise the crane within the sky, yet provide the titmouse on your hand.”
Russian proverb

Magpies
“One for sorrow, for joy…”
Traditional English rhyme

Owls
“The owl shrieked at thy start, an evil sign.”
Shakespeare, Henry VI, half III

Peacocks
“The peacock is ashamed of its huge black feet.”
Medieval Persian tradition

Ravens
“When the raven attempted to carry hearth to the realm, ash became its feathers black.”
Cherokee Indian legend

Swans
“Sewing a swan’s feather into your husband’s pillow will retain him faithful.”
British superstition

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