Brown Thrasher Bird – Birds for Kids
Brown Thrasher Bird – Birds for Kids

Brown Thrasher Bird – Birds for Kids

People who are not very well acquainted with the birds about them usually mistake the long-tailed brown thrasher for a thrush because he has a rusty back and a speckled white breast, which they seem to think is an exclusive thrush characteristic, which it certainly is not.

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TOWHEE BIRD – Birds for Kids
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,

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PHOEBE BIRD (Dusky Flycatcher) – Birds for Kids
PHOEBE BIRD (Dusky Flycatcher) – Birds for Kids

PHOEBE BIRD (Dusky Flycatcher) – Birds for Kids

PHOEBE BIRD (Dusky Flycatcher). The first of its family to come North, as well as the last to leave us for the winter, the phoebe appears toward the end of March to snap up the first insects warmed into life by the spring sunshine.

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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 – 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.

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CATBIRD – Birds for Kids
CATBIRD – Birds for Kids

CATBIRD – Birds for Kids

Slim, lithe, elegant, dainty, the catbird, as he runs lightly over the lawn or hunts among the shrubbery, appears to be a fine gentleman among his kind—a sort of Beau Brummel in smooth, gray feathers who has preened and prinked until his toilet is quite faultless.

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LEAST FLYCATCHER (Chebec) – Birds for Kids
LEAST FLYCATCHER (Chebec) – Birds for Kids

LEAST FLYCATCHER (Chebec) – Birds for Kids

It is not until he calls out his name, Chebec! Chebec! in clear and business-like tones from some tree-top that you could identify this fluffy flycatcher, scarcely more than five inches long, whose dusky coat and light vest offer no helpful markings.

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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.

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WHIP-POOR-WILL BIRD – Birds for Kids
WHIP-POOR-WILL BIRD – Birds for Kids

WHIP-POOR-WILL BIRD – Birds for Kids

A queer, shadowy bird, that sleeps all day in the dense wood and flies about through open country after dark as softly as an owl, would be difficult for any child to know were it not for the weird, snappy triplets of notes that tell his name. Every one knows him far better by sound than by sight.

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