Why birds?

Here is a list of things that Joseph Cornell listed in his diary that fueled his fascination/obsession with birds:

“magic windows of yesterday . . . pet shop windows splashed with white tropical plumage / the kind of revelation symptomatic of city wanderings in another era. . . . scintillating songs of Rossini and Bellini and the whole golden age of the bel canto . . . indelible childhood memory of an old German woman a neighbor’s pet parrot may have added to the obsession of these . . . feathered friends…”

-from The Transcendental Surrealism of Joseph Cornell by Dawn Ades