FOX SPARROW – Birds for Kids

Do you imagine because he is called the fox sparrow that this bird has four legs, or that he wears a brush instead of feathers for a tail, or that he makes sly visits to the chicken yard after dark?

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AMERICAN CROW – Birds for Kids
AMERICAN CROW – Birds for Kids

AMERICAN CROW – Birds for Kids

AMERICAN CROW. Two close relatives there are which, like the poor, are always with us—the crow and the blue jay. Both are mischievous rascals, extraordinarily clever, with the most highly developed brains that any of our birds possess.

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RUFFED GROUSE – Birds for Kids
RUFFED GROUSE – Birds for Kids

RUFFED GROUSE – Birds for Kids

RUFFED GROUSE - Bob-white and ruffed grouse are the fife and drum corps of the woods. That some birds are wonderful musicians everybody knows. No other orchestra contains a member who can drum without a drum.

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BLUE JAY BIRD – Birds for Kids
BLUE JAY BIRD – Birds for Kids

BLUE JAY BIRD – Birds for Kids

BLUE JAY BIRD. This vivacious, dashing fellow, harsh-voiced and noisy, cannot be overlooked; for when a brightly coloured bird, about a foot long, roves about your neighbourhood with a troop of screaming relatives, everybody knows it.

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YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, Rain Crow – Birds for Kids
YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, Rain Crow – Birds for Kids

YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, Rain Crow – Birds for Kids

YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, Rain Crow - Do you own a cuckoo clock with a little bird inside that flies out of a door every hour and tells you the time? Except when it is time to go to school or to bed you are doubtless amused to hear him hiccough cuckoo, cuckoo, the mechanical notes that tell his name.

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House Wren and House Wren Song – Birds for Kids
House Wren and House Wren Song – Birds for Kids

House Wren and House Wren Song – Birds for Kids

If you want some jolly little neighbours for the summer, invite the wrens to live near you year after year by putting up small, one-family box-houses under the eaves of the barn, the cow-shed, or the chicken-house, on the grape arbour or in the orchard.

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Whiskey Jack Bird (CANADA JAY) – Birds for Kids
Whiskey Jack Bird (CANADA JAY) – Birds for Kids

Whiskey Jack Bird (CANADA JAY) – Birds for Kids

Whiskey Jack Bird (CANADA JAY) . Anyone who has camped in the northern United States and over the Canadian border knows that the crow and blue jay have a rogue for a cousin in this sleek, bold thief, the Canada jay.

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BELTED KINGFISHER – Birds for Kids
BELTED KINGFISHER – Birds for Kids

BELTED KINGFISHER – Birds for Kids

BELTED KINGFISHER - This Izaak Walton of birddom, whom you may see perched as erect as a fish hawk on a snag in the lake, creek or river, or on a dead limb projecting over the water, on the lookout for minnows, chub, red fins, samlets or any other small fry that swims past, is as expert as any fisherman you are ever likely to know.

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CAROLINA WREN – Birds for Kids
CAROLINA WREN – Birds for Kids

CAROLINA WREN – Birds for Kids

The house wrens have a tiny cousin, a mite of a bird, called the winter wren, that is so shy and retiring you will probably never become well acquainted with it.

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