Birdy Words – from Birds they Came

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Asian_Pied_Starling.svgWe use bird names or references everyday in our lives. Here are a few lists I have come up with. Can you add to them?

Birdy Sayings, Proverbs, and Descriptions

A little bird told me.
That’s for the birds.
A bird’s-eye view.
A lame-duck politician.
Scarcer than hen’s teeth.
Madder than a wet hen.
The early bird catches the worm.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.
Kill two birds with one stone.
Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.
Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched.
One swallow does not make a summer.

Crowing about her accomplishments.

Chickening out.

She eats like a bird.

Ducking one’s responsibilities.

His swan song.

To hawk one’s wares.

To have an eagle-eye.

Proud as a peacock.

He’s a dodo.

Stool pigeon.

She’s a loon.

To sing like a canary.

He’s a Cardinal in the Catholic Church.

Sitting in the catbird’s seat.

To crane one’s neck.

To grouse about something.

She’s cuckoo.


They are lovebirds.

Wise as an owl.

To rail about a subject.

To call someone a turkey.

Running around like a chicken with its head cut off.

Towns with bird names

Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania

Wren, Oregon

Birdseye, Indiana
Chicken, Alaska
Eagle, Alaska
Bird City, Kansas
Goose Pimple Junction, Virginia
Parrot, Kentucky
Turkey, Texas
Turkey Scratch, Arkansas

Some Birds in Literature Titles
The Raven- Edgar Allen Poe
Ode to a Nightingale – John Keats
The Eagle – Alfred Lord Tennyson
The Owl and the Pussycat – Edward Lear
Birds – Aristophanes
The Birds – Daphne du Maurier
Nightingale – Hans Christian Anderson
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Maya Angelou
To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

Send me your additions!




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