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RAVEN : A bird renowned to be of ill omen (perhaps due to its colour) the raven is said to have the worst nature of all birds according to legend, even associated with the Devil. Again perhaps this is because the bird is supposed to have the ability to see the future, hence the expression 'the foresight of a raven'. The American Indians call the raven 'the messenger of death' as it has a very strong sense of smell being able to detect death from a distance. Probably the most famous ravens are at 'The Tower of London' (UK); tradition has it that should the ravens leave the tower the Monarchy will fall and Britain will fall to her enemy. Some also believe that if they leave the British Royal Family will die. One croaking or flying over a house is said to be a death and sickness omen. If the bird flies around the chimney then someone lying ill inside will not recover from the illness. In Scotland (UK) to hear one croaking before going on a hunt indicates that good fortune will come to the hunt. If seen preening itself then rain is thought by some to be on the way, whilst to see a raven flying towards the sun indicates that hot weather is imminent. Should the eggs be stolen then a rural English (UK) belief once held that a baby would soon die. In Yorkshire (UK) children were warned that is they misbehaved the 'Great Black Bird' would carry them off unless their behaviour improved. The raven is also according to legend associated with King Arthur, particularly in the West Country (UK) and Wales (UK). It is believed that on his death King Arthur turned into a raven. Edgar Allen Poe's poem 'The Raven' is said by some to reveal the true nature of the bird.
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ROBIN REDBREAST : Legend has it that the robin received its red breast from trying to remove the bloody thorns from Christ's head at the Crucifixion, with a small drop of His blood falling on the bird and injuring itself in the process:

'A Robin Redbreast in a Cage
Puts all Heaven in a Rage.'
Extract taken from 'Auguries of Innocence' : William Blake

It is also believed traditionally that the robin received its red feathers as it was taking water into Hell for the burning sinners.

Has nautical associations. Said to be extremely unlucky to kill this bird (see Thomas Bewick's 'History of British Birds', 1798). The hand that does so will continue to shake thereafter. Traditionally the Irish (UK) believe that a large lump will appear on the right hand if you kill one, and in Yorkshire (UK) if the person owns cows then the milk will become blood coloured. It is a reputed fact that whatever you do to a robin you will suffer the same tragedy. Breaking the eggs will result in something valuable of your own being broken. Flying in through an open window or tapping on the window is a sign of death being present. To see a robin sheltering in the branches of a tree indicates that rain is on the way, whilst to see one chirping on an open branch indicates that fine weather is imminent. Some believe that the robin will not be chased by a cat. You should make a wish when seeing the first robin of the season, making sure that you are quick as if the bird flies away then no good luck will be present for the next twelve months. (See Mystical WWW Mystical Birds Introduction).

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ROOK : This bird has a mixed reputation. Their nests are associated with the approach of summer which if seen high in the tree-tops indicate fine weather, and low being wet and cold. Should the rooks suddenly leave the area it indicates that someone in the area is about to die and that no heir will be born in the family. In many European countries the rook is considered to bring good luck. To see a number of rooks perching together indicate that a storm is on the way.

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