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TOWHEE BIRD – Birds for Kids

TOWHEE BIRD – Birds for Kids

From their hunting-ground in the blackberry tangle and bushes that border a neighbouring wood, a family of chewinks sally forth boldly to my piazza floor to pick up seed from the canary's cage,

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;

YELLOW-THROATED VIREO – Birds for Kids

YELLOW-THROATED VIREO – Birds for Kids

In a family not conspicuous for its fine feathers, this is certainly the beauty.

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.

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,

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;

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.

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?

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,

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?

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.

05 Great Blue Heron

GREAT BLUE HERON – Birds for Kids

GREAT BLUE HERON - Birds for Kids - excerpt from the book "Birds Every Child Should Know" by Neltje  Blanchan

RED-BREASTED GROSBEAK – Birds for Kids

RED-BREASTED GROSBEAK – Birds for Kids

Among birds, as among humans, it is the father who lends his name to the family, however difficult it may be to know the mother and children by it.

FIELD SPARROW – Birds for Kids

FIELD SPARROW – Birds for Kids

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

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?

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.

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,

BUTCHER-BIRDS OR SHRIKES – Birds for Kids

BUTCHER-BIRDS OR SHRIKES – Birds for Kids

Is it not curious that among our so-called song birds there should be two, about the size of robins, the loggerhead and the northern shrike,

BALTIMORE ORIOLE (Golden Oriole) – Birds for Kids

BALTIMORE ORIOLE (Golden Oriole) – Birds for Kids

BALTIMORE ORIOLE (Golden Oriole). A flash of flame among the tender young spring foliage; a rich, high, whistled song from the blossoming cherry trees, and every child knows that the sociable Baltimore oriole has just returned from Central America.

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,