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The Baldwin Library University of Florida

ILLUSTRATED ALPHABET OF BIRDS

1851.

[Illustration: bird on cover.]

A B C D

[Illustration: frontispiece drawing.]

[Illustration: title page drawing.]

A a

THE AUK.

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

[Illustration: THE AUK.]

B b

THE BLUE BIRD.

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

[Illustration: THE BLUE BIRD.]

C c

THE CONDOR.

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

[Illustration: THE CONDOR.]

D d

THE DUCK.

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

[Illustration: THE DUCK.]

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.

[Illustration: THE EAGLE.]

F f

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 g

THE GOOSE.

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

[Illustration: THE GOOSE.]

H h

THE HUMMING BIRD.

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

[Illustration: THE HUMMING BIRD.]

I i

THE IBIS.

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

[Illustration: THE IBIS.]

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.

[Illustration: THE JAY.]

K k

THE KING BIRD.

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

[Illustration: THE KING BIRD.]

L l

THE LARK.

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

[Illustration: THE LARK.]

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.

[Illustration: THE MAGPIE.]

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.

[Illustration: THE NIGHT HERON.]

O o

THE OWL.

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

[Illustration: THE OWL.]

P p

THE PIGEON.

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

[Illustration: THE PIGEON]

Q q

THE QUAIL.

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

[Illustration: THE QUAIL.]

R r

THE ROBIN.

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

[Illustration: THE ROBIN.]

S s

THE SWALLOW.

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

[Illustration: THE SWALLOW.]

T t

THE TURKEY.

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

[Illustration: THE TURKEY.]

U u

THE UPUPA.

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

[Illustration: THE UPUPA.]

V v

THE VULTURE.

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

[Illustration: THE VULTURE.]

W w

THE WOODPECKER.

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

[Illustration: THE WOODPECKER.]

X x

THE XANTHORONUS.

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

[Illustration: XANTHORNUS.]

Y y

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.]

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.

[Illustration: THE LETTER Z, OR ROOST.]

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