The Baldwin Library
University of Florida
ILLUSTRATED ALPHABET OF BIRDS
[Illustration: bird on cover.]
[Illustration: frontispiece drawing.]
[Illustration: title page drawing.]
A is an Auk,
Of the Artic sea,
He lives on the ice,
Where the winds blow free.
[Illustration: THE AUK.]
THE BLUE BIRD.
B is a Blue Bird.
In early spring,
How sweet his songs
Through the forest ring.
[Illustration: THE BLUE BIRD.]
C is a Condor,
On the Andes' height,
He plumes his wings
For a lofty flight.
[Illustration: THE CONDOR.]
D is a Duck
Of the canvas back sort;
To shoot at a flock
Is considered fine sport.
[Illustration: THE DUCK.]
THE BALD EAGLE.
E's a Bald Eagle,
So bold and so free;
On the flag of our country
He spans land sea.
[Illustration: THE EAGLE.]
THE FISH HAWK.
F is a Fish Hawk,
Who lives on the shore:
He catches his prey
Mid the ocean's roar.
[Illustration: THE FISH HAWK.]
G is a Goose;
His feathers we take
And put them in sacking
Our beds to make.
[Illustration: THE GOOSE.]
THE HUMMING BIRD.
H is a Humming Bird,
Sporting mid flowers
And brightly enjoying
The sunny hours.
[Illustration: THE HUMMING BIRD.]
I is an Ibis,
Who wanders in bogs,
And lives upon lizards,
And fishes and frogs.
[Illustration: THE IBIS.]
J is a Jay,
With his blue and white coat,
With a crest on his head,
And a ring round his throat.
[Illustration: THE JAY.]
THE KING BIRD.
K is a King Bird,
Pugnacious and bold:
A hero in fight,
And a terrible scold.
[Illustration: THE KING BIRD.]
L is a Lark,
A sociable bird;
His song in the meadow
Is frequently heard.
[Illustration: THE LARK.]
M is a Magpie,
He lives at the west,
Steals and scolds and eats carrion;
He's none of the best.
[Illustration: THE MAGPIE.]
THE NIGHT HERON.
N is a Night Heron,
Of fishes quite fond;
He looks for them now,
As he stands by the pond.
[Illustration: THE NIGHT HERON.]
O is an Owl,
Who hides through the day;
And comes out at night,
To seek for his prey.
[Illustration: THE OWL.]
P is a Pigeon
So rapid in flight,
That before you can shoot him
He's gone out of sight.
[Illustration: THE PIGEON]
Q is a Quail,
Who hides in a tree,
And whistles "Bob-White"
With lively glee.
[Illustration: THE QUAIL.]
R is the Robin,
So kind and so good,
Who covered with leaves,
The poor Babes in the Wood.
[Illustration: THE ROBIN.]
S is the Swallow,
She darts through the air
To catch little insects,
Her favorite fare.
[Illustration: THE SWALLOW.]
T is a Turkey,
A fine dashing beau,
By his fuming and strutting,
His pride you may know.
[Illustration: THE TURKEY.]
U's the Upupa,
Or Hoopoe. His crest
He can raise up or lower,
As suits him best.
[Illustration: THE UPUPA.]
V is a Vulture,
Who feeds on the dead,
When the dark battle-field,
With corpses is spread.
[Illustration: THE VULTURE.]
W's a Woodpecker,
Who with his long bill,
Bores holes in a tree,
And of worms eats his fill.
[Illustration: THE WOODPECKER.]
X is Xanthornus,
Or Baltimore Bird.
Oft in our orchards,
His music is heard.
THE YELLOW BIRD.
Y is a Yellow Bird,
With feathers so bright,
Who sings all the day,
And sleeps all the night.
[Illustration: THE YELLOW BIRD.]
THE LETTER Z, OR ROOST.
Z stands for none
Of the feathered race.
It must serve as a roost,
Or lose the last place.
[Illustration: THE LETTER Z, OR ROOST.]
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