Flights of Fancy

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Flights of Fancy

Birds in Myth, Legend, and Superstition

By Peter Tate

Delacorte Press, Hardcover, 9780385342483, 192pp.

Publication Date: October 21, 2008


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.”
Russian proverb

“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.”
British superstition

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.

Praise For Flights of Fancy

“Will intrigue bird-watchers and nature lovers.”—Booklist