Posts By: Missy Dunaway

Birds of Shakespeare: The wild turkey

Artist Missy Dunaway explores references to the wild turkey on her bird-watching expedition through Shakespeare’s works.


Birds of Shakespeare: The great cormorant

In his plays Shakespeare deploys the cormorant as a symbol of insatiable hunger and gluttony, drawing also on the bird’s reputation as a portent of doom and evil.


Birds of Shakespeare: The ring-necked pheasant

Artist Missy Dunaway explores references to the pheasant in “The Winter’s Tale” on her bird-watching expedition through Shakespeare’s works.


Birds of Shakespeare: The kingfisher

Artist Missy Dunaway explores references to the kingfisher in two Shakespeare plays, King Lear and 1 Henry VI.


Birds of Shakespeare: The golden eagle

With the golden eagle, we continue following artist Missy Dunaway on a bird-watching expedition through Shakespeare’s works. The eagle soars throughout Shakespeare’s world, Renaissance literature, and beyond – symbolizing strength, power, and the divine.



Birds of Shakespeare: The cuckoo

Thanks to its peculiar reproductive cycle, distant migration, and haunting melodies, the cuckoo may hold the title for most folklore among Shakespeare’s birds.


Birds of Shakespeare: The barnacle goose

The barnacle goose, referenced in Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” was an unmistakable symbol of metamorphosis for a 17th-century audience. It was commonly believed that the barnacle goose evolved from driftwood. Artist Missy Dunaway shares her painting of this fascinating bird along with an exploration of its literary associations.