2017-02-15

屠夫與伯勞

灰屠夫鳥(Grey Butcherbird / Cracticus torquatus)是布里斯本常見鳥類,因其捕食習慣而得名。另有中文譯名伯勞,倒很古典哀怨。

- Birds in Backyards: Grey Butcherbird
Grey Butcherbirds are aggressive predators. They prey on small animals, including birds, lizards and insects, as well as some fruits and seeds. Uneaten food may be stored in the fork or a branch or impaled. Grey Butcherbirds sit on an open perch searching for prey which, once sighted, they pounce on.

- 屏東野鳥學會:東飛伯勞西飛燕 ─ 伯勞鳥
另外比喻分離之意的「勞燕分飛」,其中的「勞」也是指伯勞,這句來自古樂府詩東飛伯勞歌中的「東飛伯勞西飛燕」,至於在何時何地,為什麼伯勞鳥和燕子會背道而行,那就不得而知了。

徐柳仙 再折長亭柳:別離人對奈何天,離堪怨,別堪憐,離絲牽柳線,別淚灑花前,甫相逢,才見面,不久又東去伯勞西飛燕……