163. The Tiny King of the Birds

Long ago, Tit-Bird ruled all the birds, even though he was very small.
The bigger birds got together and challenged the king. "You are too small to be our king!" they squawked.
"I am small," he replied, "but I am a survivor. I don't destroy anything that belongs to the humans. You, on the other hand, steal from the humans. You eat the food in their fields, Crow, and you steal from their barnyards, Hawk."
So the tiny Tit-Bird rebuked the big birds one by one. 
"You will all be killed," he said, "for you have all become thieves.” 
[a Tswana story from southern Africa]

Inspired by: "The Tom-Tit" in Among the Bantu Nomads by J. Tom Brown, 1925.
Notes: You can read the original story online.  This is a story of the Tswana (Bechuana) people.

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