When I am on the road I will sometimes post about birds from other sources.
For example, here is a fine Christological Goldfinch from Siena via the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC!
You will recall that this species of finch, according to legend, tried to help the Crucified Jesus by landing on His head and pulling out thorns. That is how he got his little red streak in his own head.
Therefore, when you see these finches in these paintings of Mary with the Child Jesus, you see a foreshadowing of the Crucifixion.
As a bonus feeder contribution, we can turn to a different type of critter.
Here is a great maiolica dish from Deruta, Italy, dated c. 1550-60:
I love the image and inscription.
"CHI LAVA EL CHPO ALASEN SE PERDEERANNO EL SAPONE"
"Someone who washes the head of an ass wastes his soap."
I love the Met.
Go to a museum! You find wonderful things and learn a great deal.