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YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT – Birds for Kids

"Now he barks like a puppy, then quacks like a duck, then rattles like a kingfisher, then squalls like a fox, then caws like a crow, then mews like a cat—C-r-r-r-r-r-whrr—that's it—Chee-quack,

FIELD SPARROW – Birds for Kids

FIELD SPARROW – Birds for Kids

While the neighbourly song sparrow and the swamp sparrow delight to be near water,

RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD – Birds for Kids

RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD – Birds for Kids

When you are looking for the first pussy willows in the frozen marshes, or listening to the peeping of young frogs some day in early spring,

CHIMNEY SWIFT – Birds for Kids

CHIMNEY SWIFT – Birds for Kids

There are some children, and grown-ups, too, who persist in calling this bird the chimney swallow, although it is not even remotely related to the swallow family, and its life history, as well as its anatomy, are quite different from a swallow's, as you shall see.

05 Barn Owl

Barn Owl for kids, Monkey-faced Owl – Owls for Kids

Barn Owl for kids, Monkey-faced Owl - This is the shy, odd-looking, gray and white mottled owl with the triangular face and slim body, about a foot and a half long, that comes out of its hole at evening with a wild scream, startling timid and superstitious people into the belief that it is uncanny.

HERRING GULL – Birds for Kids

HERRING GULL – Birds for Kids

HERRING GULL - Birds for Kids - excerpt from the book "Birds Every Child Should Know" by Neltje  Blanchan

AMERICAN ROBIN – Birds for Kids

AMERICAN ROBIN – Birds for Kids

Called also: Red-breasted Thrush; Migratory Thrush; Robin Redbreast

16 American Redstart

Redstart bird – Birds for Kids

When this exquisite little warbler flashes his brilliant salmon flame and black feathers among the trees, darting hither and thither,

VESPER SPARROW – Birds for Kids

VESPER SPARROW – Birds for Kids

To name this little dingy sparrow that haunts the open fields and dusty roadsides, you must notice the white feather on each side of his tail as he spreads it and flies before you to alight upon a fence.

10 Rusty Blackbird

RUSTY BLACKBIRD – Birds for Kids

This cousin of the red-wing, whom it resembles in size, flight and notes, is a common migrant in the United States. Nesting is done farther north.

RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD – Birds for Kids

RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD – Birds for Kids

RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD. What child does not know the hummingbird, the jewelled midget that flashes through the garden, poises before a flower as if suspended in the air by magic,

06 Shorteared Owl

SHORT-EARED OWL, Marsh Owl – Owls for Kids

SHORT-EARED OWL, Marsh Owl - This owl, and its long-eared cousin, wear the tufts of feathers in their ears that resemble harmless horns.

THE BLUEBIRD – Birds for Kids

THE BLUEBIRD – Birds for Kids

Is there any sign of spring quite so welcome as the glint of the first bluebird unless it is his softly whistled song?

RED-EYED VIREO – Birds for Kids

RED-EYED VIREO – Birds for Kids

Almost everywhere in the Eastern United States and Canada, the red-eyed vireo is the most common member of his family.

House Sparrow – Birds for Kids

House Sparrow – Birds for Kids

Is there a boy or girl in America who does not already know this saucy, keen-witted little gamin who thrives where other birds would starve;

MEADOWLARK BIRD – Birds for Kids

MEADOWLARK BIRD – Birds for Kids

MEADOWLARK BIRD. Every farmer's boy knows his father's friend, the meadowlark, the brownish, mottled bird, larger than a robin, with a lovely yellow breast and black crescent on it, that keeps well hidden in the grass of the meadows or grain fields.

DOWNY WOODPECKER – Birds for Kids

DOWNY WOODPECKER – Birds for Kids

DOWNY WOODPECKER - Birds for Kids - A hardy little friend is the downy woodpecker who, like the chickadee, stays by us the year around. Probably no other two birds are so useful in our orchards as these, that keep up a tireless search for the insect robbers of our fruit.

BARRED OWL, Hoot Owl – Owls for Kids

BARRED OWL, Hoot Owl – Owls for Kids

BARRED OWL, Hoot Owl -  If "a good child should be seen and not heard" what can be said for this owl?

WOOD THRUSH, Song Thrush, Wood Robin, Bell Bird – Birds for Kids

WOOD THRUSH, Song Thrush, Wood Robin, Bell Bird – Birds for...

Much more shy and reserved than the social, democratic robin is his cousin the wood thrush, whom, perhaps, you more frequently hear than see.

WHITE-EYED VIREO – Birds for Kids

WHITE-EYED VIREO – Birds for Kids

It is not often that you can get close enough to any bird to see the white of his eyes, but the brighter olive green of this vivacious little white-eyed vireo's upper parts,