Cat headed birds?

Answers on a postcard please.  Who are the cat-headed birds that appear in the play, the Dreaming of the Bones?  The poet mentions them in a couple of places in the text, for example  here:

My heart ran wild when it heard
The curlew cry before dawn
And the eddying cat-headed bird;
But now the night is gone.
I have heard from far below
The strong March birds a-crow,
Stretch neck and clap the wing,
Red cocks, and crow.

Some birds sound like cats, apparently, and cats try to mimic birds.  Some say that a curlew’s call is unlucky, especially if you hear it at night.  And what about those crows?


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