Be inspired by the Magic of Birds
You can find examples of imagery and symbolism of birds in cultures from around the world. They have captured peopleâ€™s imagination since earliest times, with their beautiful plumage, behaviour and ability to fly. Birds are often linked to themes like birth, death, freedom and captivity.
Our author Celia Fisher has traced the ways in which artists, writers and storytellers have depicted them, from the myths of ancient Egypt to humble garden birds.
Arctic Tern from The Birds of America by John James Audubon, 1827-38.
Earl Mar's daughter, illustration by Arthur Rackham from Some British Ballards, 1919.
Florican from Oriental Memoirs by James Forbes, 1813.
Golden oriole among leaves from Kyomjae hwachop, 'Album of paintings by Kyomjae', c.1900.
Page from Tennen hyakkaku (Tennen's one hundred cranes) by Kigai Tennen, Kyoto, 1900.