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The Phoenix Bird

When Eve plucked the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, when she and Adam were driven from Paradise, there fell from the flaming sword of the cherub a spark into the nest of the bird, which blazed up forthwith. The bird perished in the flames; but from the red egg in the nest there fluttered aloft a new one—the one solitary Phoenix bird. The fable tells that he dwells in Arabia, and that every hundred years, he burns himself to death in his nest; but each time a new Phoenix...

The Bird King

One day the birds took it into their heads that they would like a master, and that one of their number must be chosen king.  A meeting of all the birds was called, and on a beautiful May morning they assembled from woods and fields and meadows.  The eagle, the robin, the bluebird, the owl, the lark, the sparrow were all there.  The cuckoo came, and the lapwing, and so did all the other birds, too numerous to mention.  There also came a very little bird that had no name at all...

The Greedy Geese

Many years ago there was near the sea a convent famed for the rich crops of grain that grew on its farm.  On a certain year a large flock of wild geese descended on its fields and devoured first the corn, and then the green blades.

Bird Evolution - The Story Of Prehistoric Birds

The Evolution of Birds, from Archaeopteryx to the Passenger Pigeon   You'd think it would be an easy matter to tell the story of bird evolution - after all, it was the striking adaptations of finches on the Galapagos Islands that, in the 19th century, led Charles Darwin to formulate the theory of evolution. The fact is, though, that gaps in the geological record, differing interpretations of fossil remains, and even the exact definition of the word "bird" have prevented experts ...

The Tambourine Dove

Turtur tympanistria

Bird Eggs

The bird's egg is most definitely a feat of engineering. We are all aware of how nutritious a hen's egg is, and as hen's eggs are easily available it is worth gently cracking one into a shallow bowl in order to have a good look at it before you cook and eat it.

Just Like Us

Like us, birds need to breathe air in and out of their lungs in order to fulfil the cycle of bringing oxygen into the body to be used in metabolism and also to take the waste CO2 away from the body. However, unlike us, when a bird breathes the air does not go simply in and out of the lungs in a simple u-shaped path. Instead birds' have a number of large extensions called 'air sacs' and hollow (pneumatized) bones all interconnected to their lungs.

Extinct Birds In The Last 100 Years

The list of extinct birds in the last 100 years may come as a surprise for many, considering that not many people are aware of the fact that so many bird species became extinct during the last century.

Kinds Of Birds

The planet earth is blessed with many kinds of birds and to know more about these various kinds of birds, read on.

Humming Birds

Hummingbirds are small birds in the family Trochilidae. They are known for their ability to hover in mid-air by rapidly flapping their wings, 15 to 80 times per second (depending on the species).

The Ground Hornbill

With more and more development of shops and homes, birds like the ground hornbill are dying out because of human invasion of their habitat.These birds are carnivorous and form groups of 3 to 10 at the most.

Jacana's Have Funny Toes

Why would a bird have such funny looking feet? If he walked on land those long toes would get in the way. But the jacana walks on water lily pads and other plants that grow in the water.

The Secretary Bird

It might be rather scary to meet a bird as big as this walking down the street! It's body is about three feet long, and with its long legs it stands about four feet tall. It looks like a long-tailed, long-winged black and gray hawk with legs like a crane.

Penguins

Many birds live in tropical climates, where the weather is always warm.  But one large family of birds lives only where there is very cold water.

Anhinga

If you saw something like this waving around above the water you might think at first that it was a snake. But a snake doesn't have a beak and it doesn't stand upright in the water. There's a big bird under that water. It may be trying to hide from you, or it may just want to cool off.

All About Owls

You'll never mistake an owl for another kind of bird! They are the only birds with flat faces and both eyes in front.  Unlike other birds, they can watch an object with both eyes at the same time, but they cannot look sideways without turning their heads.

The Kiwi

Pronounced "kee-wee." Sometimes called "apteryx."   If we had an election for the strangest looking bird in all the world, the kiwi would be a good candidate. It has stringy feathers, no tail, and just little knobs where its wings should be.

The Grey Crowned Crane

Balearica regulorum

Hadeda Ibis

Bostrychia hagedash

Chinese Goose Or Swan Goose

Anser cygnoides