Two kingfishers

Two kingfishers
Science School, Winchester College

In Book 3 of Pseudodoxia Epidemica, Browne disputes the myth that kingfishers, when dead, can be used to show the direction of the wind. He experimented by hanging a kingfisher on a thread and found, ‘where the air is free, it observes not a constant respect unto the mouth of the wind’, but moved around. He then suspended two kingfishers together and noted that they often pointed in different directions.

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