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Birds: Myth, Lore and Legend (Hardcover)

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Why are owls regarded either as wise or as harbingers of doom? What gave rise to the fanciful belief that storks bring babies? Why is the eagle associated with victory, or the hummingbird with paradise? The answers are here in this new and engaging book. By re-telling the many legends, beliefs, proverbs, and predictions associated with more than 80 birds from many nations, it brings into focus the close--and often ancient--links between humans and these remarkable feathered descendants of dinosaurs. Discover, for instance:

Why the cockerel features on many church spires
The one sacred bird that symbolizes life and peace in most cultures
How to dispel bad luck if you see this black-and-white bird
The South American "devil bird" once thought to be a dragon

Birds: Lore, Myth and Legend draws on historical accounts and scientific literature to reveal how colorful tales or superstitions were shaped by human imagination from each bird's behavior or appearance. It offers an enchanting and different perspective on birds across the world.

About the Author

Marianne Taylor is a birdwatcher, dragonfly-finder and mammal-seeker from Kent, England. She has written many books on wildlife including British Naturefinder, British Birds of Prey and Spotlight Robins for the RSPB and two previous nature-writing narratives, Dragonflight and Way of the Hare.

Praise For…

“The book is a really good read for anyone remotely interested in birds. For enthusiasts there is much to learn about the cultural aspects of our feathered friends -- and how they inspire us and shape our views of the world.” - David Maxwell Braun, National Geographic Voices

“There is much to commend. There is a pleasing interweaving of legend and learning . . . There are strong thematic threads too . . . Best of all, this is a visual feast, with stunning photographs and illustrations given space to delight.” - BBC Wildlife

“This is one of those books when everything is just right from the appealing text to the illustrations and the format to the layout. The result is a very tactile and readable book that should be on everyone's bookshelf. This is a book that I shall dip into for information many times and has been a revelation.” - Ray Collier, The Highland News

“If you're a fan of birds and mythology you won't want to miss this inspiring volume.” - Soul & Spirit

“This exquisite book explores how avian characteristics and behaviours have inspired their varied roles in literature, superstition and mythology, taking in examples from all over the world . . . A perfect blend of natural and cultural history, lavishly illustrated with photography and art -- a splendid gift for bird lovers.” - Juanita Coulson, The Lady

Product Details
ISBN: 9781472922861
ISBN-10: 1472922867
Publisher: Bloomsbury Natural History
Publication Date: October 25th, 2016
Pages: 304
Language: English