The Illustrated Alphabet of Birds

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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.