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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.

Northern Mockingbird – Birds for Kids

Northern Mockingbird – Birds for Kids

What child is there who does not know the mockingbird, caged or free?

CARDINAL GROSBEAK (Virginia Nightingale) – Birds for Kids

CARDINAL GROSBEAK (Virginia Nightingale) – Birds for Kids

It was on a cold January day in Central Park, New York, that I first met a cardinal and was warmed by the sight.

Bald Eagle for Kids – Birds for Kids

Bald Eagle for Kids – Birds for Kids

Bald Eagle for Kids - Every American boy and girl knows our national bird, which is the farmer's ally, however, only when it appears on the money in his pocket. Without an eagle on that, you must know it would be of little use to him.

SCARLET TANAGER – Birds for Kids

SCARLET TANAGER – Birds for Kids

People who are now living can remember when scarlet tanagers were as common as robins. Where are they now?

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.

01 Semipalmated Plover

SEMIPALMATED PLOVER – Birds Information for Kids

SEMIPALMATED PLOVER - Birds Information for Kids - excerpt from the book "Birds Every Child Should Know" by Neltje  Blanchan

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.

11 Chipping Sparrow

CHIPPING SPARROW – Birds for Kids

This summer a pair of the sociable, friendly little chippies—the smallest members of their clan—decided that they would build in a little boxwood tree on the verandah of our house next to the front door through which members of the family passed every hour of the day.

02 Hairy woodpecker

HAIRY WOODPECKER – Birds for Kids

HAIRY WOODPECKER - Birds for Kids - Light woods, with plenty of old trees in them, suit this busy carpenter better than orchards or trees close to our homes, for he is more shy than his sociable little cousin, downy, whom he as closely resembles in feathers as in habits.

13 Yellow Warbler

YELLOW WARBLER – Birds for Kids

Rather than live where the skies are gray and the air is cold, this adventurous little warbler will travel two thousand miles or more to follow the sun.

07 Bobolink

BOBOLINK BIRD – Birds for Kids

Such a rollicking, jolly singer is the bobolink! On a May morning, when buttercups spangle the fresh grasses in the meadows, he rises from their midst into the air with the merriest frolic of a song you ever heard.

AMERICAN SPARROW HAWK, Mouse Hawk – Birds for Kids

AMERICAN SPARROW HAWK,  Mouse Hawk - Just such an extended branch as a shrike or a kingbird would use as a lookout while searching the landscape o'er for something to eat, the little sparrow hawk chooses for the same purpose.

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.