They come in all shapes, sizes, colours, and have different connotations.
Birds are generally known to symbolize freedom because they can walk on the earth and swim in the sea like us humans, but they also have the ability to fly into the sky. This is where the idiom ‘free as a bird’ comes from.
A lot of cultures believe that they symbolize eternal life and some would say that they serve as the connection between heaven and earth, acting as messengers.
Robins in particular fit this, as they’re said to appear when a lost loved one is here. Or there’s also the phrase, ‘a little birdie told me’.
Birds capture the attention of many in the real world, so it’s no surprise that they often appear in fairy tales, fiction and television/film/theatre. In “bird” tales, birds are often the agents of transformation or are themselves transformed into different creatures – e.g. The Ugly Duckling, or even Swan Lake.
Did you know there’s going to be a sequel to Chicken Run?!?!
Do you have a favourite famous character bird? I think mine has to be Hedwig. She was a real companion to Harry, and has a sassy character.