The Greeks and the other ancient civilizations were not fortunate enough to know Hermit Thrush because he does not travel abroad. In this country, however, he is well known. His beautiful song is enough to get him noticed even though he hides in the deep woods. Native Americans noticed him and included him in their legends. One reputedly has him hiding in eagle's feathers during a quest for the right to sing the most beautiful song in the world. The one who flew the highest obtained the right. Hermit thrush waited until Eagle was worn out and then flew higher thus winning rights to the most beautiful song in the world. Later, he was so ashamed for having cheated, he hid in the woods. That is why he is hiding even today.