isolation trivia

To: Terry Bell <>, chatline canberrabirds <>
Subject: isolation trivia
From: John Harris <>
Date: Wed, 1 Apr 2020 03:50:40 +0000
Well you do happen upon an interest of mine in all things classical Greek!
Cuckoos were a sacred bird, sacred to the goddess Hera - strange in itself that 
the bird who lays her eggs in another's nest should be sacred to the Goddess of 
family and marriage. Certainly in English mediaeval times, cuckolding was the 
opposite of faithful family life! But when the cuckoo became sacred the Greek's 
did not understand its habits. Before the life of cuckoos was well understood, 
they were thought to turn into  hawks to account for their absence in winter. 
Pliny in his Natural History accepted that notion. Aristotle later rejected the 
idea on the basis of the cuckoo's bills and talons not being carnivorous. So 
perhaps Aristotle is the answer, or at least as possible answer, to your 

On 1/4/20, 1:24 pm, "Terry Bell" <> wrote:

    In antiquity who was the eminent person that first documented the key 
aspects of common cuckoo behaviour ( Mark Cocker )
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