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BOB-WHITE Bird, Partridge bird – Birds for Kids

BOB-WHITE Bird, Partridge bird – Birds for Kids

BOB-WHITE Bird, Partridge bird -  What a cheerful contrast is Bob White's clear, staccato whistle to the drawing coo of the amorous dove! Character is often expressed in a bird's voice as well as in ours.

01 Purple martin

Purple Martin Bird – Birds for Kids

There is a picturesque old inn beside a post road in New Jersey with a five-storied martin house set up on a pole above its quaint swinging sign.

Bee Martin Bird – (KINGBIRD) – Birds for Kids

Bee Martin Bird – (KINGBIRD) – Birds for Kids

KINGBIRD (Bee Martin). In spite of his scientific name, which has branded him the tyrant of tyrants, the kingbird is by no means a bully.

02 Birds for Kids LEAST SANDPIPER

Birds for Kids – LEAST SANDPIPER

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

04 Black Capped Chickadee

Black Capped Chickadee – Birds for Kids

Bitterly cold and dreary though the day may be, that "little scrap of valour," the chickadee, keeps his spirits high until ours cannot but be cheered by the oft-repeated, clear, tinkling silvery notes that spell his name.

12 American Tree Sparrow

TREE SPARROW – Birds for Kids

When the friendly little chippy leaves us in autumn, this similar but larger sparrow cousin comes into the United States from the North,

YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER – Birds for Kids

YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER - Birds for Kids - This woodpecker I am sorry to introduce to you as the black sheep of his family, with scarcely a friend to speak a good word for him.

14 OVEN BIRD

OVEN-BIRD – Birds for Kids

"Teacher—Teacher—TEACHER—TEACHER—TEACHER!" resounds a penetrating, accented voice from the woods.

COWBIRD – Birds for Kids

This contemptible bird every child should know if for no better reason than to despise it.

Fish Hawk Bird, American Osprey – Birds for Kids

Fish Hawk, American Osprey -  A pair of these beautiful big hawks, that had nested year after year in the top of a tall pine tree on the Manasquan River, New Jersey, were great pets in that region.

02 Barn swallow

BARN SWALLOW BIRD – Birds for Kids

Do you know where there is an old-fashioned, weather-worn barn, with its hospitable doors standing open, where you could not find at least one pair of barn swallows at home beneath its roof?

CRESTED FLYCATCHER – Birds for Kids

CRESTED FLYCATCHER. Far more tyrannical than the kingbird is this "wild Irishman," as John Burroughs calls the large flycatcher with the tousled head and harsh,

03 Birds for Kids SPOTTED SANDPIPER

Birds for Kids – SPOTTED SANDPIPER

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

05 TUFTED TITMOUSE

TUFTED TITMOUSE – Birds for Kids

Don't expect to meet the tufted titmouse if you live very far north of Washington. He is common only in the South and West.
01 Whitethroated sparrow

WHITE-THROATED SPARROW – Birds for Kids

"What's in a name?" Our English cousins over the border are quite sure they hear this sparrow sing the praises of Swee-e-et Can-a-da, Can-a-da, Can-a-da-ah,

04 Redheaded woodpecker

RED-HEADED WOODPECKER – Birds for Kids

RED-HEADED WOODPECKER - Birds for Kids. A pair of red-headed woodpeckers I know, who made their home in an old tree next to the station yard at Atlanta, where locomotives clanged, puffed, whistled and shrieked all day long, evidently enjoyed the noise, for the male liked nothing better than to add to it by tapping on one of the glass non-conductors around which a telegraph wire ran.

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,

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,

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.

CLIFF SWALLOW – Birds for Kids

CLIFF SWALLOW – Birds for Kids

More than any other bird family, the swallows are becoming increasingly dependent for shelter upon man, at least when they are nesting;