The perfect bedside companion for every bird-watcher and nature lover, inside Flights of Fancy you’ll find:
“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.”
From the Hardcover edition.
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|Title of Religion eBook: Flights of Fancy|
|Release Date: 02-16-2011|
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|Publisher: Random House Publishing Group|
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Flights of Fancy
A rather plump species of thrush with very obvious differences between males and females. The male blackbird lives up to its name and has black feathers with a bright orange bill, while the female is mainly dark brown. Related to what in the US are called robins (Turdus migratorius), it is one of Northern Europe's most familiar birds, and can be found in most gardens and parks. Its song is clear, beautiful and distinctive, making blackbirds one of the most recognizable songsters.
Like so many birds with a black plumage, blackbirds were once thought to have been white. In Brescia in Italy, for example, it was believed that the blackbird changed colour as a result of a cruel and cold winter. Forced to take shelter from the wind and snow, the bird sought refuge in a chimney, where it became blackened by the soot. In commemoration, the last two days of January and the first of February became known as i giorni della merla, 'the blackbird days'. White blackbirds can also be found in ancient Greek tradition: Aristotle describes them in his History of Animals as living on Mount Cyllene in Arcadia. These mythical birds were supposed to have a wider range of notes than other blackbirds and to appear only by moonlight.
An alternative legend was recorded by the nineteenth-century French author Eugene Rolland. It tells how a white blackbird, while lurking in a thicket, was greatly astonished to discover a magpie hiding diamonds, jewellery and golden coins in her nest. Upon asking the magpie how he too might acquire such a treasure, he received the reply:
'You must seek out in the bowels of the earth the palace of the Prince of Riches, offer him your services and he will ...