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The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm - The Bittern and Hoopoe Summary & Analysis

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The Bittern and Hoopoe Summary

An old cowherd explains why he chooses to graze his cows in pastures that are not too rich or too poor. The Bittern had formerly been a cowherd. He had pastured his cows on rich grass. The cows became so spirited from this rich grass they ran away and would not come when he called. The Hoopoe pastured his cows on highlands where the grass was not good. His cows became so weak they could not even stand. This is why the Bittern appears to be calling "Come, cows, come" and the Hoopoe "Up, up, up".

The Bittern and Hoopoe Analysis

This fairy tale explains why these two birds have the unique bird calls they have. There is no scientific basis for this story, it is only an amusing way to explain the birds' behavior.

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