Birds and People
Birds have been a source of inspiration since pre-historic times. They have had a powerful place in human cultures as symbols of freedom and wisdom.
Birds inspire and amaze us with their beauty, their songs and their ability to fly, and are present in the culture of almost every human society, especially in the arts, in religion and mythology. In contemporary culture, they are always present in our lives in art works, brand logos and even postage stamps.
Birds speak to us in many ways and with many voices: through myths, songs, folklore and poetry. They are also a source of profound spiritual reflection. Their songs and calls can seem as sublime as thos of most accomplished musicians, and together their dawn chorus create daily impromptu symphonies.
Their charm and charisma ensures they figure prominently in our folklore and literatures, and their potent symbolism means they appear repeatedly in our myths, poems and art. In some cultures birds have the status of deities and are considered divine. In others they represent freedom and transcendence and can have a potent effect on us.
Every bird has an allure of its own. For some their beauty is their plumage, for others it is their flight, their song, their courtship displays, or a combination of each.
Every bird has an allure of its own. For some their beauty is their plumage, for others it is their flight, their song, their courtship displays, or a combination of each. Share your own inspiration and join the Birds and People forum.
This November Birds and People: Bonds in a Timeless Journey will be launched. This book unfolds the history of our relationship with the most colourful and familiar of the groups of organisms we share our planet with.