In Greek mythology, Autonous (Αὐτόνοος), husband of Hippodamia, was father to Anthus, Erodius, Schoenous, Acanthus and Acanthis, and a horse owner. Out of hunger, the horses attacked Anthus and ate him. Zeus and Apollo, out of pity for the grieving family, transformed the members into birds. Autonous became a Stone Curlew, Hippodamia became a Lark and Acanthis became a thistle finch. 
- ↑ Greek Mythology Link (Carlos Parada) - Metamorphoses
- ↑ Encyclopedia Mythica - Acanthis The sister of Acanthus. When she cried over the death of her brother the gods turned her into a thistle finch.