"a bridal o’ corbie crows"

The Twa Corbies, c.1919
Public DomainThe Twa Corbies, c.1919 - Credit: Arthur Rackham
Corbie crows are carrion crows. They figure prominently in European mythology as harbingers of doom, no doubt as a result of their habit of hovering over ailing animals as though to predict their death. This tendency has also led to the belief that crows have powers of divination. They are associated with the uncanny and are said to possess great cunning.