Birds in folklore: the cuckoo

This illustration from the “myths and folklore about birds” series is dedicated to the cuckoo.


According to many traditions, the first song of the cuckoo predicts the arrival of spring and summer. In many other rural European areas, if its call was heard late in the season, it was an omen of a challenging year for the farmers. According to old beliefs in Switzerland and Germany, if the cuckoo sings after June 24, the day of St. John, the harvest will be poor, and the wine will go bad.
Here you can find other illustrations I made about folklore and birds