Flights of Fancy

Flights of Fancy

Birds in Myth, Legend and Superstition

Book - 2008
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The perfect bedside companion for every bird-watcher and nature lover, inside Flights of Fancy you'll find:

Cranes
"Don't promise the crane in the sky, but give the titmouse in your hand."
Russian proverb

Magpies
"One for sorrow, two for joy…"
Traditional English rhyme

Owls
"The owl shrieked at thy birth, an evil sign."
Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part III

Peacocks
"The peacock is ashamed of its large black feet."
Medieval Persian tradition

Ravens
"When the raven tried to bring fire to the world, ash turned its feathers black."
Cherokee Indian legend

Swans
"Sewing a swan's feather into your husband's pillow will keep him faithful."
British superstition
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 2008
ISBN: 9780385342483
0385342489
Branch Call Number: 398.245 TATE
398.245 TATE
Characteristics: xi, 180 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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Mar 31, 2010

From the back cover of the 2009 softcover version from Arrow books:

[italics]Why were barnacle geese once classified as fish?

When were kingfisher feathers used as love charms?

Where are wren hunts an annual tradition?[/italics]

[italics]Flights of Fancy[/italics] is an endlessly browsable guide to the fascinating stories and bizarre superstitions that surround some of the world's best-loved birds. Ranging from a traditional Italian account of how the nightingale learned to sing to an exploration of the Welsh belief that eagles bree storms on Mount Snowdon, it's the perfect bedside companion for every birdwatcher.

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