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Flights of Fancy: Birds in Myth, Legend, and Superstitionby Peter Tate
Synopses & Reviews
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 owlshrieked at thy birth, an evil sign.
Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part III
The peacock is ashamed of its large blackfeet.
Medieval Persian tradition
When the raven tried to bring fire to the world, ash turned its feathersblack.
Cherokee Indian legend
Sewing a swan's feather into your husband's pillow will keep himfaithful.
From the Hardcover edition.
A beautifully illustrated odyssey into the world of birds looks at the myths, legends, and superstitions surrounding some of the world's best-known birds, drawing on traditions from every corner of the globe to explore the stories of some thirty avian species, from doves and geese to cranes and blackbirds. 40,000 first printing.
About the Author
Peter Tate has published several books on ornithology. In Flights of Fancy he has collected the stories that have most intrigued him over a lifetime of study. Tate lives in England.
Table of Contents
Blackbird — Cockerel — Crane — Crossbill — Cuckoo — Diver — Dove — Eagle — Goose — Hoopoe — House sparrow — Kingfisher — Lapwing — Magpie — Nightingale — Nightjar — Owl — Peacock — Pelican — Quail — Raven — Robin — Rook — Stonechat — Stork — Swallow — Swan — Woodpecker — Wren — Wryneck.
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