Flights of Fancy

Birds in Myth, Legend, and Superstition

By Peter Tate
(Delacorte Press, Hardcover, 9780385342483, 192pp.)

Publication Date: October 21, 2008

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Description

The perfect bedside companion for every bird-watcher and nature lover, inside Flights of Fancy you’ll find:

Cranes
“Don’t promise the crane in the sky, but give the titmouse in your hand.”
Russian proverb

Magpies
“One for sorrow, two for joy…”
Traditional English rhyme

Owls
“The owl shrieked at thy birth, an evil sign.”
Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part III

Peacocks
“The peacock is ashamed of its large black feet.”
Medieval Persian tradition

Ravens
“When the raven tried to bring fire to the world, ash turned its feathers black.”
Cherokee Indian legend

Swans
“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

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