Category Archive: Passeriformes

Nov 24 2013

The young and ugly

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Of all the birds, this is considered the ugliest, especially its young fledglings. The legend tells that sometime after God had created all the living beings, he called everyone to see them and their offspring. He wanted to see how the young birds and animals looked, and then to give them suitable gifts, and food …

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Nov 24 2013

The Wagtail, the gypsy bird

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When God had made the world and all the creatures and man, he gave to each one the food from which they should eat and be satisfied. All the creatures thanked God, and whenever they eat their food they are satisfied, except only the wagtail and the Gipsy who are never satisfied. When God saw …

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Nov 24 2013

The Story of the Brutish Innkeeper

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There lived in a town a brutish man, a grocer, who had only one care, and that was how to cheat and rob in the quickest fashion the people who came to deal with him. But this was not all, for, bad as it is, one might let it pass, as there are so many …

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Nov 24 2013

The thistle-finch and his colors

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When God created the world, he made all the creatures to be of one colour, or rather none of them of any colour at all. You see, God was too busy to bother about these little things. When he had finished making everything that he intended to make, he called all the birds together and …

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Nov 23 2013

The Story of the Boastful Thrush and St. Peter

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It was in the month of March, when Christ was walking on the earth with St. Peter. Going through a forest they saw a thrush strutting about on the top of a tree. “Good morning, Mr. Thrush,” said St. Peter. “I have no time for you,” replied the thrush. “And why not, prithee?” “Oh, you …

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Nov 23 2013

The Story of the Nightingale, the Blackbird and the Thrush

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The king of the birds, feeling one day in a good humour, wanted to find out which of his subjects could sing best. So he sent an order to his birds to select from amongst themselves those whom they thought to be the best singers. All the birds came together, and, after having heard many …

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Nov 23 2013

The boring Nightingale

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When God created the world he made all the living creatures of one colour, or rather with none, for no one had any colouring on its wings, feathers, or skin. So, one day, God called all his creatures to paint them with different colours as he chose. All the birds and beasts and creeping things …

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Nov 23 2013

The Story of God and the Food of the Titmouse

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When God had made all the creatures, he called every one of them and told them what their food should be. Among the birds was the titmouse. To her God turned and said, “Thy food shall be the seed of the pumpkin.” The titmouse, knowing that the seed of the pumpkin was very sweet, did …

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Nov 23 2013

The Greedy Crow

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One day a crow found a piece of meat on the ground. He picked it up and flew to the top of a tree. While he was sitting there eating his meat, a kasaykasay (a small bird) passed by. She was carrying a dead rat, and was flying very fast. The crow called to her, …

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Nov 12 2013

Why the Mocking bird is called Mockingbird

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Weedah the Mocking Bird WEEDAH was playing a great trick on the black fellows who lived near him. He had built himself a number of grass nyunnoos, more than twenty. He made fires before each, to make it look as if some one lived in the nyunnoos. First he would go into one nyunnoo, or …

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