Friday, July 20, 2012

Best fictional birds

This is in honour of Vivian, the white cockatiel, who died today of a tumour. I only had him for a little while as he was an escapee but he was a lovely, if cantankerous, bird. Full of character. He was said to be trained but ended up training me really. I did what he wanted and spoke birdy language more than he spoke words. Standard procedure about this house though usually such relationships are with cats.

Two notes: There seems to be a disproportionate number of male birds to females in fiction and also owls to any other bird, with ravens and eagles coming next. Still, of the best there are a fair number of chickens, ducks and canaries.

ArchimedesMerlyn's talking owl from The Once and Future King by T. H. White (This picture is of the Disney version as I can't find an original.)
Tweety Bird

Owl from A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh series

ThorondorGwaihir, and Landroval, the eagles in The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien

Hoots the Owl from Sesame Street (A little scary really.)

 Big Bird from Sesame Street

Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law

Donald Duck

The Road Runner

Chicken Little

Foghorn Leghorn


Woody Woodpecker

Mother Goose

Daffy Duck

Kevin, a 'Snipe' in Up

Mumble from Happy feet

Dodo in Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

Edgar Allan Poe's raven from The Raven

Ginger from Chicken Run

Mr Percival from Storm Boy

Notable mentions: 
 Chil, a kite from The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling.

Farsight the eagle in The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis

Master Glimfeather in The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis

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