The Honest Little Bird

The Honest Little Bird

The Carolina chickadee, not to be confused with the Black-capped or Mountain Chickadee, was referred to in ancient Cherokee legend as a bird that was honest in foretelling the coming of an absent friend or unknown stranger and even an enemy. The chickadee is also embodied in a Cherokee myth about the slaying of a wicked witch. The chickadee alighted on the witch’s vulnerable spot showing the Cherokees where to point a deadly arrow. Ever since, for the Cherokees, the chickadee has been known as “The Truth Teller”. The Cherokee storytellers would relate these legends to the entire village and instruct the children to be like the truth telling chickadee.

A famous American wildlife artist, John James Audubon (1785-1851), named the Carolina Chickadee while visiting South Carolina.

This honest little bird is often the subject of seasonal greeting cards and other artistic and photographic products.

The honest Little Bird
The Honest Little Bird
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Chickadee
The Truth Teller
The Truth Teller

 

 

 

 

6 thoughts on “The Honest Little Bird”

  1. Mike, such clear, crisp, and colorful pictures. And the narrative, so educational, WOW! Are you having too much fun in retirement? Love what you share with us…

  2. I see these little bittties all over. I had no idea they were revered by
    American natives….. Guess they kept me safe and happy when all I had to do was watch them….love their cheery songs and enjoy the tiny birds who took over my patio, my yard, and anything I put out there that they saw as a safe place to rear their babies…. Thank you, Mikey !!

  3. This tiny round bird first introduced himself (or probably HERSELF) to me when I moved to Double Oak in1995. I put a basket of fake caladiums on my patio table. Soon I heard tiny birds wanting to be fed & the baby birds were in a nest amid the fake caladiums!!!

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