Query: Human-Goldfinch Interactions

Keri Cronin's picture

Hello,

I have a student who is working on a project about the representation of goldfinch in art. She wants to read widely about the history of
human-goldfinch interactions, including the history of keeping these birds as pets. I wonder if anyone on this list might have any suggestions for
texts or readings that would be helpful for her.

Thanks and all the best,
Keri

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Not especially about goldfinches, but mentioning them:
Louise E. Robbins, Elephant Slaves and Pampered Parrots: Exotic Animals in Eighteenth-Century Paris, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002
Julia Breittruck, "Pet Birds. Cages and Practices of Domestication in Eighteenth-Century Paris", in: InterDisciplines 1 (2012)
If your student is into music as well, she should check out compositions of Olivier Messiaen, who has goldfinch ("chardonneret") songs in several of his (heavily birdsong-influenced) compositions, e.g. in "Le traquet stapazin" from "Catalogue d'oiseaux". An older example is Vivaldi's Flute Concerto "Il Gardellino".
Interesting topic - all the best for your student!
Martin Ullrich

Also this book mentions (European) goldfinches:
Sonia Roberts, Bird-Keeping and Birdcages: A History, Newton Abbot, 1972.
It might also be helpful to ask Julia Breittruck if she has more suggestions - she wrote a dissertation (in German) on relations between humans and pet birds in the French Enlightenment.
Amir Zelinger