COWBIRD – Birds for Kids

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

NIGHTHAWK BIRD (Bull-bat, Night-jar, Mosquito-hawk) – Birds for Kids

NIGHTHAWK BIRD (Bull-bat, Night-jar, Mosquito-hawk) – Birds for Kids

Did you ever hear a rushing, whirring, booming sound as though wind were blowing across the bung-hole of an empty barrel?

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.

CANADA GOOSE – Birds for Kids

CANADA GOOSE – Birds for Kids

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

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.