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Ruppell's Parrot

Poicephalus rueppellii

The Red-billed Hornbill

Tockus erythrorhynchus

The Emerald Cuckoo

Chrysococcyx cupreus

The Timneh Grey Parrot

Psittacus erithacus timneh

The Orinocco Goose

THE ORINOCO GOOSE Neochen jubata

The Maned Goose

Chenonetta jubata

The Ostrich

The ostrich is the giant of the bird world. A large one may weigh three hundred pounds and stand eight feet tall, but almost half of the height is neck.


Ramphastos toco

Bearded Barbet

Lybius dubius

The Knysna Loerie

Tauraco corythaix

Crested Barbet

Trachyphonus vaillantii

The Little Golden Bird

Once upon a time . . . several Buddhist monks lived in a great temple that stood in a magnificent garden full of flowers and rare plants.

The Phoenix Bird

Legends of the Phoenix   Egypt           In Egypt, the phoenix (Bennu) was the brilliantly red and golden plumed sacred bird of Heliopolis.   It created itself from the fire that burned on top of the sacred Persea tree and was worshipped as it lived on the ben-ben stone within the sanctuary of Heliopolis. 

Mrs. Chory's Chickens

A Tongue Twister Tale by S. E. Schlosser   "Chick, chick, chick," called Carol Chory as she chucked corn onto the ground. Chickens popped out of the hen house and scurried into the yard. Charlie Chicken strutted to Carol Chory's side.

Gollywhopper's Eggs

retold by S. E. Schlosser Well now, when old Johnson came to town, I knew there'd be trouble. That Yankee Peddler was a scoundrel if ever I saw one. But I was laid up with my rheumatism when he arrived, so I couldn't do anything about it.

Heron And The Hummingbird

(a Hitchiti Tribe story) retold by S. E. Schlosser   Heron and Hummingbird were very good friends, even though one was tall and gangly and awkward and one was small and sleek and fast. They both loved to eat fish. The Hummingbird preferred small fish like minnows and Heron liked the large ones.

Crow Brings The Daylight

An Inuit Myth retold by S. E. Schlosser   Long, long ago, when the world was still new, the Inuit lived in darkness in their home in the fastness of the north. They had never heard of daylight, and when it was first explained to them by Crow, who traveled back and forth between the northlands and the south, they did not believe him.

The Gulls

retold by S. E. Schlosser   In the year of our Lord 1848, vast swarms of crickets descended upon our settlement. Twas a judgment upon us, yea certain, for how else could you explain the desecration of our crops, the dimming hope of survival for the coming winter?

The Crows Are In The Corn

retold by S. E. Schlosser   It happened in Georgia not long ago, that a farmer and his wife decided to sleep late, like the rich folk do. It was a beautiful Sunday morning, the kind that brings all God's creatures out to play. But not these farm folk. No, they just slept and slept and slept.

The Rainbow Crow

(Lenni Lenape Indian Tribe) retold by S. E. Schlosser It was so cold. Snow fell constantly, and ice formed over all the waters. The animals had never seen snow before. At first, it was a novelty, something to play in.