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How The Wren Became King

Adapted from a Manx Folk Tale   A long while ago when there were not so many people on the earth as there are now, and the birds and animals had things about their own way, a Cuckoo gave a tea party.

The Quails, A Legend Of The Jataka

From the Riverside Fourth Reader   Ages ago a flock of more than a thousand quails lived together in a forest in India. They would have been happy, but that they were in great dread of their enemy, the quail-catcher. He used to imitate the call of the quail - and when they gathered together in answer to it, he would throw a great net over them, stuff them into his basket, and carry them away to be sold.

The Pride Of The Regiment

The Pride of the Regiment by The Recollections of a Drummer Boy   "Old Abe" was the war-eagle of the Eighth Wisconsin Volunteers. Whoever it may have been that first conceived the idea, it was certainly a happy thought to make a pet of an eagle. For the eagle is our national bird, and to carry an eagle along with the colors of a regiment on the march, and in battle, and all through the whole war, was surely very appropriate, indeed.

The Nightinggale

Adapted from Hans Christian Andersen   The Emperor's palace was the most beautiful in the world.   In the garden were to be seen wonderful flowers, and to the costliest of these silver bells were tied, which rang, so that nobody should pass by without noticing the garden. It extended so far that the gardener himself did not know where the end was. If one went on and on, one came to a glorious forest. The wood extended straight down to the sea, and in the trees lived a Nightingale. ...

The Magpie's Nest

by Joseph Jacobs English Fairy Tales   All the birds of the air came to the magpie and asked her to teach them how to build nests. For the magpie is the cleverest bird of all at building nests. So she put all the birds round her and began to show them how to do it. First of all she took some mud and made a sort of round cake with it.

The Owl And The Birds

An owl, in her wisdom, counseled the Birds that when the acorn first began to sprout, to pull it all up out of the ground and not allow it to grow. She said acorns would produce mistletoe, from which an irremediable poison, the bird- lime, would be extracted and by which they would be captured.

The Squirrel And The Bird

A father squirrel was teaching his son one day how to forage for food. He showed him how to find the best seeds, nuts, mushrooms and pinecones. The little squirrel enjoyed all these foods, but found the seeds most to his liking. His father cautioned him: "Son, don't let your hunger run away with you. Never venture beyond the edge of this forest for food, or you will be sorry."

The Phoenix Bird

When Eve plucked the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, when she and Adam were driven from Paradise, there fell from the flaming sword of the cherub a spark into the nest of the bird, which blazed up forthwith. The bird perished in the flames; but from the red egg in the nest there fluttered aloft a new one—the one solitary Phoenix bird. The fable tells that he dwells in Arabia, and that every hundred years, he burns himself to death in his nest; but each time a new Phoenix...

The Bird King

One day the birds took it into their heads that they would like a master, and that one of their number must be chosen king.  A meeting of all the birds was called, and on a beautiful May morning they assembled from woods and fields and meadows.  The eagle, the robin, the bluebird, the owl, the lark, the sparrow were all there.  The cuckoo came, and the lapwing, and so did all the other birds, too numerous to mention.  There also came a very little bird that had no name at all...

The Greedy Geese

Many years ago there was near the sea a convent famed for the rich crops of grain that grew on its farm.  On a certain year a large flock of wild geese descended on its fields and devoured first the corn, and then the green blades.

Bird Evolution - The Story Of Prehistoric Birds

The Evolution of Birds, from Archaeopteryx to the Passenger Pigeon   You'd think it would be an easy matter to tell the story of bird evolution - after all, it was the striking adaptations of finches on the Galapagos Islands that, in the 19th century, led Charles Darwin to formulate the theory of evolution. The fact is, though, that gaps in the geological record, differing interpretations of fossil remains, and even the exact definition of the word "bird" have prevented experts ...

The Tambourine Dove

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Bird Eggs

The bird's egg is most definitely a feat of engineering. We are all aware of how nutritious a hen's egg is, and as hen's eggs are easily available it is worth gently cracking one into a shallow bowl in order to have a good look at it before you cook and eat it.

Just Like Us

Like us, birds need to breathe air in and out of their lungs in order to fulfil the cycle of bringing oxygen into the body to be used in metabolism and also to take the waste CO2 away from the body. However, unlike us, when a bird breathes the air does not go simply in and out of the lungs in a simple u-shaped path. Instead birds' have a number of large extensions called 'air sacs' and hollow (pneumatized) bones all interconnected to their lungs.

Extinct Birds In The Last 100 Years

The list of extinct birds in the last 100 years may come as a surprise for many, considering that not many people are aware of the fact that so many bird species became extinct during the last century.

Kinds Of Birds

The planet earth is blessed with many kinds of birds and to know more about these various kinds of birds, read on.

Humming Birds

Hummingbirds are small birds in the family Trochilidae. They are known for their ability to hover in mid-air by rapidly flapping their wings, 15 to 80 times per second (depending on the species).

The Ground Hornbill

With more and more development of shops and homes, birds like the ground hornbill are dying out because of human invasion of their habitat.These birds are carnivorous and form groups of 3 to 10 at the most.

Jacana's Have Funny Toes

Why would a bird have such funny looking feet? If he walked on land those long toes would get in the way. But the jacana walks on water lily pads and other plants that grow in the water.

The Secretary Bird

It might be rather scary to meet a bird as big as this walking down the street! It's body is about three feet long, and with its long legs it stands about four feet tall. It looks like a long-tailed, long-winged black and gray hawk with legs like a crane.