"They're sinister -looking black birds that cry when rain's coming. Wizards used to believe that the Augurey's cry foretold death."
Thin and mournful-looking bird somewhat resembling a vulture, greenish-black in color, native to Britain and Ireland.
- Normally remaining hidden in its nest in brambles and thorns, flying only in heavy rain, the feathers of the Augurey repel ink. Its distinctive cry was once thought to be a death omen, but it is now known that the Augurey's cry foretells rain. The Augurey eats insects and fairies.
- Uric the Oddball kept 50 Augureys in his house at a time. Their cries of doom convinced him he was a ghost, and he knocked himself out trying to walk through the walls (footnote in FB).
- In 1824, Gulliver Pokeby wrote Why I Didn't Die When the Augurey Cried (footnote in FB).
- The Liechtenstein National Quidditch team's mascot is a huge Augury named Hans who has his own fan club. High-spirited American fans at the 2014 Quidditch World Cup temporarily kidnapped Hans, which prompted the Liechtenstein manager Ferdinand Jägendorf to issue a statement saying‘Das finden wir nicht lustig (‘we don’t find that funny’). Hans was returned after the President of the MACUSA got involved (Pm).
- Death Eater Euphemia Rowle kept a black augurey in a cage while Voldemort's daughter Delphi was growing up. Delphi later adopted the creature as her symbol (CC3.16).
The name Augurey is a play on the word "augury" meaning "omen or portent of the future." Source: Oxford Dictionaries
Bird calls have been used to foretell the future in many cultures. In the U.S., the yellow-billed cuckoo is known as the "rain crow" because it often calls on summer days before thunderstorms. source: Wikipedia