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