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‘In cinema, swans have long been heralded by thespians as the avian of choice. On set they are haughty at best and require placating with bowls of blue M&Ms. Starlings, however, are unnervingly professional and always make the director’s cut.’
‘Famed bird handlers Lloyd and Rose Buck – who worked with us on “The Bird” – can communicate with starlings in their native tongue, Murmur. Other known animal whisperers include David Attenborough who speaks to aphids in Parslei Tongue and Harry Potter who converses with snakes in Parseltongue.’
‘Starlings congregate in giant sky posses known as “murmurations”. They’ve destroyed Greek fishing villages and have caused stillbirths in Shropshire, so farmers have taken to dispersing them by playing Toni Braxton’s “Unbreak My Heart”.’
‘The symbol for hope in the Noah’s Ark story wasn’t originally a dove carrying an olive branch but a starling lugging a life vest. Cost-cutting exercises by stained-glass-window artists cemented the change.’
‘Ancient Egyptians worshipped the avine headed god Horus. The type of bird he is depicted as was subject to dispute until 2007, when the fossilised remains of a man complete with a starling’s cranium were discovered under a carpark in Cairo.’