Flights of Fancy
Birds in Myth, Legend and SuperstitionBook - 2008
"Don't promise the crane in the sky, but give the titmouse in your hand."
"One for sorrow, two for joy…"
Traditional English rhyme
"The owl shrieked at thy birth, an evil sign."
Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part III
"The peacock is ashamed of its large black feet."
Medieval Persian tradition
"When the raven tried to bring fire to the world, ash turned its feathers black."
Cherokee Indian legend
"Sewing a swan's feather into your husband's pillow will keep him faithful."
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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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