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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SWAMP SPARROW – Birds for Kids
SWAMP SPARROW – Birds for Kids

SWAMP SPARROW – Birds for Kids

Where rails thread their way among the rushes, and red-winged blackbirds, marsh wrens, and Maryland yellow-throats like to live, there listen for the tweet-tweet-tweet of the swamp sparrow.

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CHIMNEY SWIFT – Birds for Kids
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.

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