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Toucan

Ramphastos toco

Bearded Barbet

Lybius dubius

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.

Yellowhammer

retold by S. E. Schlosser Once long ago, Sam, a young slave from Alabama, was sent to the market in Georgia with his master's cattle. After delivering the cattle to market, Sam was given some free time as a reward for good service. Sam decided to explore the city.

Monkey King

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“Monkey King",or known to the Chinese as "Journey to West", written by Wu Ch'eng-en(1500?-1582),a scholar-official, is one of the renowned classical Chinese novels about an allegorical rendition of the journey, mingled with Chinese fables, fairy tables, legends,superstitions, popuar beliefs, monster stories as well as whatever the author could find in the Taoist and Buddhist religions.

The Spider, Deer And Monkey

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In a dark corner of the forest a small and hungry spider was busy spinning its little web in vain. The summer was hot and dry with very few insects a'wing.

The Monkey And The Turtle

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Once upon a time there was a monkey and a turtle. The monkey was a silly, greedy, selfish "Think-for-yourself" type of individual. The turtle was old and wise, preferred red wine over white, and enjoyed long walks on the beach by the moonlight.

About The Hindu Lord Hanuman

Hanuman, the mighty ape that aided Lord Rama in his expedition against evil forces, is one of the most popular idols in the Hindu pantheon. Believed to be an avatar of Lord Shiva, Hanuman is worshiped as a symbol of physical strength, perseverance and devotion. Hanuman's tale in the epic Ramayana - where he is assigned the responsibility to locate Rama's wife Sita abducted by Ravana, the demon king of Lanka — is known for its astounding ability to inspire and equip a reader with all the ...

Ramayana

The Ramayana tells the story of a battle between the Hindu god Vishnu and a demon called Ravana. None of the gods could fight Ravana because of a promise they had foolishly made earlier, and Ravana was messing with everyone and nobody could stop him. So Vishnu decided to be reborn as a man, and then he would not be a god and he would be able to fight Ravana. So Vishnu was born as the prince Rama. Rama was supposed to be king when his father died, but at the last minute his father decided to make...

The Tale Of Monkey Brothers

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A long time back, in one of his earlier births Buddha was born a monkey named Nandaka. The forests of the Himalayas were his abode where he lived with his younger brother, Chullanandaka   Both brothers together had a band of eighty four thousand monkeys, besides their old blind mother. Since they were kind leaders, the entire band lived in peace and harmony.

The Monkey Paw

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Without, the night was cold and wet, but in the small parlor of Lakesnam Villa the blinds were drawn and the fire burned brightly. Father and son were at chess, the former, who possessed ideas about the game involving radical changes, putting his king into suchm sharp and unnecessary perils that it even provoked comment from the whitehaired old lady knitting placidly by the fire.