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The Baldwin Library University of Florida

ILLUSTRATED ALPHABET OF BIRDS

1851.



A-B-C-D



A a

THE AUK.

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





B b

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.





D d

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 sea.





F f

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.





H h

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.





J j

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.





L l

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.





N n

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.





P p

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.





R r

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.





T t

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 up or lower, As suits him best.





V v

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.





X x

THE XANTHORONUS.

X is Xanthornus, 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.





Z z

THE LETTER Z, OR ROOST.

Z stands for none Of the feathered race. It must serve as a roost, Or lose the last place.

THE END

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