Birds in folklore: the magpie

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I am passionate about legends and folklore. In every place I go, I always look for local legends but I have also begun to be interested in beliefs related to some animals. I have found many about the birds that inspired me.

Birds folktale: magpies illustrations

For this illustration I was inspired by the belief that the sighting of magpies would reveal the future.

Birds folktale: magpies illustrations

In Germany, it was believed that if a magpie shrieked near a house, an unwelcome guest would have arrived.
An old Irish rhyme teaches how to predict a birth by sighting four magpies.

“One for sorrow,

Two for mirth,

Three for a wedding,

Four for a birth”.

Here you can find other illustrations I made about folklore and birds