“The Bonny Birdy”

Alternate titles: “The Tattletale Birdy”
Author: unknown
Keywords: infidelity death bird
Found in: Britain(Scotland)

Description

A bird tells a knight that his wife is unfaithful. The two speed to his home, to find his wife in the arms of another man. He slays the intruder.

Cross references

References

  1. Child 82, "The Bonny Birdy" (1 text)
  2. Niles 35, "The Bonny Birdy" (1 text, 1 tune -- another instance where it is left to the reader to decide if Niles's version could possibly be legitimate)
  3. Roud #3972
  4. BI, C082