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Flights of Fancy: Birds in Myth, Legend and Superstitionby Peter Tate
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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.
Why were barnacle geese once classified as fish? When were kingfisher feathers used as love charms? Flights of Fancy is an endlessly browsable guide to the fascinating stories and bizarre superstitions that surround some of the worlds 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 breeds storms on Mount Snowdon, its the perfect bedside companion for every birdwatcher.
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