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Do you know your chaffinch from your bullfinch, your tawny owl from your little owl? The Anglo-Saxon Monk asks if you can identify six of his avian favourites from medieval manuscripts.
In the case of the pelican, of course, an English artist would never have seen one, and so it was more important to visually allude to the allegorical significance than go for naturalism. In case you're wondering, the pelican feeding its young with its own blood represents the redemptive power of Christ's crucifixion.
Quite often the subject matter dictates the way birds are represented. If an artist just needs volume, then flocking birds quite often look generic. It's pretty tough going, for example, to find anything other than a generic bird amid Noah's many arks, apart from when the raven and dove enter the story, but even then the rather slipshod approach to ornithological detail would raise an eyebrow from you blessed birders and twitchers out there.
And if you look at the Apocalypse scene, top right, the artist has not really gone for a particular species to represent these birds-come-evil spirits. There is something parrot-like about them, true, but their serpentine tails take these birds away from naturalism, though of course this artistic choice may well contribute to the desired feel of malevolence.
Well, beloved, I think it's high time you identified the six birds below and demonstrated how well attuned you are to the Lord's avian creation. No shabby responses like 'duck' or 'owl', I want full names, though I will let you off from having to provide them in Latin (nothing to do with my own Latin skills, I hasten to add).
If you feel like slipping into immoderate behaviour, you can have a go at identifying those birds in images 3, 4 and 5 which I have not ringed. But remember, pride comes before a fall.
My sincere apologies to those of you not from Britain, as these are all birds that live at least part of the year in this lovely land, though I must confess that image 1 is rather tricky even for you natives, so here's a clue: this bird is mentioned in the Bible (generous, I know).
Leave your answers in the comments section, and I may think about offering some kind of prize. Answers will be provided in a few days' time.
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