The Parrot, the Dove, and the Crow – a Multicultural Fable

Milena, Leyla, and Sarah Uzunlar

The Parrot, the Dove, and the Crow

A Multicultural Fable

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Once upon a time there was a colourful parrot which loved to fly around the forest. He loved to talk to the other animals by telling them funny stories.  

One day a white dove came to the forest. It was new, and did not know anybody in the forest.  

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So the parrot thought: I will talk to this new, strange bird. It flew down from the tree and sat on a branch. When the dove came, it said: “Hello, new bird, what kind of bird are you?“ The white dove answered: “I am a dove… and I am white and very beautiful“.  

At that point the parrot replied: “I am also beautiful. Look at my colourful feathers! All can see me from afar. And then, I am also talkative and funny. When I tell my stories, the other animals start laughing“.

While the parrot and the dove were talking on the branch, another bird came along. It was a pitch-black crow which had just eaten a worm next to a fern and started looking up.

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It said to the parrot: “What colourful you are…! Are you sick? Your feathers have all different colours? What did happen to you?“

At that point the parrot answered: “I am not sick. Why should I be sick? I was born as a colourful bird, because I am a parrot. And the parrots are colourful“.

Then the dove said: “Look at me, crow! I am white. I have only one colour, just like you … but I think the parrot is congenial because he is so colourful. I am happy to see so many birds, all of different colours. Don’t you think so?“

The crow answered: “I always thought that the most beautiful birds were the pitch-black crows. But all birds are beautiful: the white ones, the colourful ones, and the black ones “.

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