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Common Magpie

Culture & References

In European folklore, the Common Magpie is usually associated with unhappiness, trouble, or even death. In the Middle Ages, it was associated with witch-craft. In China, however, it is considered a harbinger of joy. Koreans believe the cry of a magpie heralds the arrival of a guest. Though considered cunning and thievish in Norway, the Common Magpie is also said to bring good weather. In Britain and Ireland, there are traditional rhymes around the myth, that one can predict one’s future by the number of magpies one sees in a group.