Life in China: A Picture A Day, March 10, 2016

This is a male oriental magpie-robin, one of the most commonly seen birds in our area. There are many specifics for the symbolism of birds in feng shui, which is looked at very seriously in China, but in general, birds are a symbol of freedom and happiness. And…if a bird dropping lands on your head…it is considered good luck! Unfortunately, for this species, because of its many beautiful songs, it has traditionally been a popular caged bird.