Hi all 😁 The maggie (magpie) is today’s feature on Animals in Scots.
Other names for the maggie are pyot, and deil’s burd. I agree with the last term; having seen them hassling cats, other burds and skwurrels!
All the Scots words for these posts are taken from The Concise English-Scots Dictionary, by the Scottish National Dictionary Association. The words chosen will be the generally accepted term, but as in all languages there are regional variations, as well as sub-species variations. For example, an owl is generally known as a hoolet in Scots, but an ool in Shetland & the NE. A barn owl is a white hoolet & a long eared owl, a hornnie hoolet.
Hae a guid day 😁
3 thoughts on “Maggie — Animals in Scots #16”
That is a magpie with attitude. I remember when I lived in England we would always salute a single magpie for good luck but not if there were two .
I’m really enjoying this series of posts. I guessed this one today. I remember a Loony Tunes cartoon that featured Porky Pig fighting a flock of magpies. Since then, I’ve always loved them. There’s a scene where Porky thinks he’s listening to the radio, but a magpie is actually inside saying, “Be kind to the magpie…” Porky starts to cry. It’s hilarious. LOL
Your face on the bird – 🙂
That one magpie is sure strutting along, isn’t he.