The Illustrated Alphabet of Birds by Unknown

The Illustrated Alphabet of Birds, by Unknown


 

SMALL BIRD

 

The Baldwin Library
University of Florida

 

FRONTISPIECE DRAWING

 

 

THE
ILLUSTRATED
ALPHABET OF BIRDS

 

SMALL BIRD

 

BOSTON
WM. CROSBY & H.P. NICHOLS.
1851.

 

 

 A     a
THE AUK

A is an Auk,
Of the Artic sea,
He lives on the ice,
Where the winds blow free.

THE AUK
 

 

B     b

THE BLUE BIRD THE BLUE BIRD.

B is a Blue Bird.
In early spring,
How sweet his songs
Through the forest ring.

 

 

C    c

THE CONDOR.

C is a Condor,
On the Andes’ height,
He plumes his wings
For a lofty flight.

THE CONDOR
 

 

D     d

THE DUCK THE DUCK.

D is a Duck.
Of the canvas back sort,
To shoot at a flock
Is considered fine sport.

 

 

E    e

THE BALD EAGLE.

E’s a Bald Eagle,
So bold and so free;
On the flag of our country
He spans land and sea.

THE BALD EAGLE
 

 

F    f

THE FISH HAWK THE FISH HAWK.

F is a Fish Hawk,
Who lives on the shore:
He catches his prey
Mid the ocean’s roar.

 

 

G    g

THE GOOSE.

G is a Goose;
His feathers we take
And put them in sacking
Our beds to make.

THE GOOSE
 

 

H    h

THE HUMMING BIRD THE HUMMING BIRD.

H is a Humming Bird,
Sporting mid flowers
And brightly enjoying
The sunny hours.

 

 

I    i

THE IBIS.

I is an Ibis,
Who wanders in bogs,
And lives upon lizards,
And fishes and frogs.

THE IBIS
 

 

J    j

THE JAY THE JAY.

J is a Jay,
With his blue and white coat,
With a crest on his head,
And a ring round his throat.

 

 

K    k

THE KING BIRD.

K is a King Bird,
Pugnacious and bold:
A hero in fight,
And a terrible scold.

THE KING BIRD
 

 

L     l

THE LARK THE LARK.

L is a Lark,
A sociable bird;
His song in the meadow
Is frequently heard.

 

 

M    m

THE MAGPIE.

M is a Magpie,
He lives at the west,
Steals and scolds and eats carrion;
He’s none of the best.

THE MAGPIE
 

 

N    n

THE NIGHT HERON THE NIGHT HERON.

N is a Night Heron,
Of fishes quite fond;
He looks for them now,
As he stands by the pond.

 

 

O    o

THE OWL.

O is an Owl,
Who hides through the day;
And comes out at night,
To seek for his prey.

THE OWL
 

 

P     p

THE PIGEON THE PIGEON.

P is a Pigeon
So rapid in flight,
That before you can shoot him
He’s gone out of sight.

 

 

Q    q

THE QUAIL.

Q is a Quail,
Who hides in a tree,
And whistles “Bob-White”
With lively glee.

THE QUAIL
 

 

R    r

THE ROBIN THE ROBIN.

R is the Robin,
So kind and so good,
Who covered with leaves,
The poor babes in the wood.

 

 

S    s

THE SWALLOW.

S is the Swallow,
She darts through the air
To catch little insects,
Her favorite fare.

THE SWALLOW
 

 

T     t

THE TURKEY THE TURKEY.

T is a Turkey,
A fine dashing beau,
By his fuming and strutting,
His pride you may know.

 

 

U    u

THE UPUPA.

U’s the Upupa,
Or Hoopoe. His crest
He can raise or lower,
As suits him best.

THE UPUPA
 

 

V     v

THE VULTURE THE VULTURE.

V is a Vulture,
Who feeds on the dead,
When the dark battle-field,
With corpses is spread.

 

 

W    w

THE WOODPECKER.

W’s a Woodpecker,
Who with his long bill,
Bores holes in a tree
And of worms eats his fill.

THE WOODPECKER
 

 

X     x

THE XANTHORONUS THE XANTHORONUS.

X is Xanthoronus,
Or Baltimore Bird.
Oft in our orchards,
His music is heard.

 

 

Y    y

THE YELLOW BIRD.

Y is a Yellow Bird,
With feathers so bright,
Who sings all the day,
And sleeps all the night.

THE YELLOW BIRD
 

 

Z     z

THE LETTER Z, OR ROOST THE LETTER Z,
OR ROOST.Z stands for none
of the feathered race.
It must serve as a roost,
Or lose the last place.

 

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Title: The Illustrated Alphabet of Birds

Author: Unknown

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