• On Cowbirds and Changelings: is there more to the lore?

    21 days ago - By All About Birds

    By Robyn Bailey, NestWatch Project Leader
    Spirited Away
    Spirited Away
    In medieval European folklore, fairies were said to occasionally kidnap human children and replace them with their own unruly offspring. Human parents were on their guard against such “changelings.”
    Photo © Holly Faulkner
    IN THE REALM OF FAIRIES
    In pre-industrial European folklore, a “changeling” was said to be a fairy child that had been swapped for a human child, fairies being very covetous of hearty human children. The changeling would initially resemble the original child, but over time it would reveal its dubious...
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