Well, all of us know at least a couple of them.
We hear them every day, even if we don’t recognise them.
And most of them are gathered here.
They are shown in their summer or winter plumage, flying, swimming or standing.
You are shown male, female, and juvenile forms.
Their length from beak to tail is given, as well as the wingspan.
You can see large ones and small ones, the well known and the less well known.
Interesting facts worth knowing about two of the depicted birds.
The primitive tribes of Europe regarded the Robin
as bearer of the sun. To the ancient Germans it was the holy bird of Thor and responsible for the abundance of milk.
Besides, the belief prevailed that a robin’s nest near houses would bring peace and happiness to the couples who lived there.
The robin played a substantial role as “pure” bird in the story of Christ.
Apart from the Dutch legend, there is also a Swedish version. Both tell how Jesus, hanging on the cross in pain and agony, saw a plain little brown bird some distance away in a wood.
The bird’s eyes filled with tears as it saw the barbed thorns boring through the head of Jesus.
The bird said to it’s self, „No one has come to lessen his suffering, so I will try to comfort him.”
With that, it flew to the cross and removed a thorn from the crown.
Just as it did this, a drop of blood speckled its breast. And Jesus spoke, “In eternal memory, kind little bird, you and your descendants shall retain the red spot on the breast, and you shall be called Robin Redbreast”.
The tiny Wren
is also mentioned in a fable from Aesop. The story goes that the birds decided that which of them that could fly the highest would be made king.
The Eagle was capable of this and flew up.
But as he was about to come down again, a little wren that had hidden in his feathers stood up and flew even higher and shouted, “I am King”.
With that, the whole election came to nothing.
They locked him in a mouse-hole as a punishment, but he escaped of course.
The wren is to be found in many other fairy-tales of different nations, and is often mentioned in the works of William Shakespeare.
The birds are named in English, French, German, and Latin.
Size: 60 x 90 cm
Art Print on 230 g Paper (m2),