“A little birdie told me…”
Heard that colloquialism before?
Nobody knows exactly where this phrase comes from but I heard it through the grapevine that the oldest and most likely source is Ecclesiastes 10:20.
“Do not revile the king even in your thoughts, or curse the rich in your bedroom, because a bird in the sky may carry your words, and a bird on the wing may report what you say.”
Or it could just be a reference to carrier pigeons. Perhaps Solomon (or whoever wrote the wisdom he collected) was also thinking of carrier pigeons. Or parrots. Solomon acquired a lot of exotic things. Maybe parrots also.