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In Welsh, the word for Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) is drudwy, and a drudwy featured in one of the many ancient tales that now form The Mabinogion. The princess Branwen, who was ill-treated by her Irish husband, trained a starling to speak so the bird could carry messages to her brother Bendigeidfran, the king of Britain. Such clever birds!

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