Magpies in Folklore
Artist : Barrie Morris
Media : Mixed Media
Size : 40 x 50 cm (plus frame)

Price : £1,750.00 (inc. VAT)

MAGPIE (Pica pica)

Magpies are notorious for their habit of collecting bright, shiny and glittering objects, like rings, necklaces and trinkets. They are regarded as being the most expert, genteel, well-dressed thieves. The Magpie also shares the Jackdaw’s propensity for brash inquisitiveness and noisy chatter. They are highly intelligent but exceedingly skulduggerous and, when tamed, can be taught to speak. The ‘Mag’ in Magpie may be short for Margaret, a name in medieval times that was as common as the bird itself. These handsome creatures are easily distinguished by their glossy black and white plumage and long tails. But the beautiful Magpie is much persecuted; not appreciated in gardens where it is accused of eating too many eggs and chicks of small birds. In the great French Revolution, the zeal of the people for liberte was so great, they opened the doors of all the cages, and let the birds fly out. Here, we see two interlopers flying through an open window, clearly attracted to the lady of house and her glistening rope of pearls. Whereas wild birds are very shy and wary, individuals reared in captivity are quickly tamed and grow into entertaining companions. But a quiet word of wisdom to their owners – “Keep a close watch on the family silver.”