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Peacock

Seen as a 'royal' bird. Heralds rain when it calls. Although the tail feathers are much admired for their beauty, as discussed in Thomas Bewick's 'History of British Birds' (1847), the feathers are said to be symbolic of the 'evil eye', perhaps of the Devil or ‘Old Nick’. Although, some experts believe that this belief may stem from Ancient Greece, when to remove a peacock from a temple of worship was seen as a crime punishable by death.