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Bird Quotes and Bird Sayings

Updated on May 27, 2012
Pretty Flamingo
Pretty Flamingo | Source

Welcome to Bird Quotes and Bird Sayings! Find everything you want to know about our feathered friends - quotes about birds, bird sayings and lots of bird pictures.

Enjoy funny bird quotes, famous bird quotes, bird songs and nursery rhymes and see which North American baseball teams use birds as mascots!

If you enjoy poetry, you might also want to check out my Original Bird Poems and Bird Pictures.


Famous Bird Quotes

No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings. - William Blake
No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings. - William Blake | Source
Two American Goldfinches
Two American Goldfinches | Source
Yellow Warbler
Yellow Warbler | Source

Birds have been an inspiration for poets and writers over the centuries. Here are some quotes about birds by famous people:

  • A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song. - Lou Holtz
  • No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings. - William Blake
  • Birds have wings; they're free; they can fly where they want when they want. They have the kind of mobility many people envy. - Roger Tory Peterson
  • You cannot fly like an eagle with the wings of a wren. - William Henry Hudson
  • A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. - Alexander Pope
  • I realized that If I had to choose, I would rather have birds than airplanes. - Charles Lindbergh
  • God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages. - Jacques Deval
  • Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them? - Rose Kennedy



Birds and North American Baseball Teams

Three major league baseball teams take their names from popular North American birds:

  • Toronto Blue Jays
  • St. Louis Cardinals
  • Baltimore Orioles

Major League Baseball Teams
Major League Baseball Teams | Source


Accept that some days you are the pigeon, and some days you are the statue.

David Brent

Mallard Ducks, Lake Ontario
Mallard Ducks, Lake Ontario | Source

Funny Bird Quotes

Here are some of my favourite funny bird quotes. I particularly like the one by Rich Johnson, although in real life there's nothing funny about a bird flying into a window. If it does happen at your home then try putting decals on the window, or moving your feeder further away.

When I see a bird that walks like a duck and swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, I call that bird a duck. - James Whitcomb Riley

Growing up, my Mom always claimed to feel bad when a bird would slam head-first into our living room window. If she "really" felt bad, though, she'd have moved the bird feeder outside. - Rich Johnson

Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines. - John Benfield

Pelicans on Lake of the Woods
Pelicans on Lake of the Woods | Source

The Pelican

A wonderful bird is the pelican

His bill will hold more than his belican.

He can take in his beak

Food enough for a week,

But I'm damned if I see how the helican.

~Dixon Lanier Merritt



Bird Sayings

Here is a random collection of common bird sayings that have crept into the English language over the years. It's interesting to see how many bird sayings there are, and I'm sure that you can think of many more. If you have any that you would like me to add to this list, please leave a comment below and I'll add them in.

Perhaps one day we'll even find out why the chicken crossed the road!

The Early Bird Catches The Worm
The Early Bird Catches The Worm | Source
Graceful as a Swan
Graceful as a Swan | Source
What's good for the goose is good for the gander
What's good for the goose is good for the gander | Source
Should I bury my head in the sand?
Should I bury my head in the sand? | Source


  • A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush
  • Eagle eye / Hawk eye
  • The early bird catches the worm
  • The Stork brought you.
  • Kill two birds with one stone
  • Albatross around your neck
  • Like a duck to water
  • Graceful as a swan
  • Madder than a wet hen
  • The goose that laid the golden egg
  • Strictly for the birds
  • One swallow does not a summer make
  • Watch like a hawk / See like a hawk
  • Sing like a lark
  • Wise as an owl
  • Light as a feather
  • Hen party
  • Jaywalking
  • Bury your head in the sand
  • My little chickadee
  • Naked as a jaybird
  • Nest egg
  • Like water off a duck’s back
  • A little bird told me.
  • Run around like a chicken with its head cut off
  • What’s good for the goose is good for the gander
  • Nothing to crow about / Something worth crowing about
  • Don’t count your chickens before they hatch
  • Stuffed like a Christmas goose
  • As proud as a peacock



Red-winged Blackbird
Red-winged Blackbird | Source

Sing A Song Of Sixpence

Sing a song of sixpence,
A pocket full of rye.
Four and twenty blackbirds,
Baked in a pie.

When the pie was opened,
The birds began to sing;
Wasn't that a dainty dish,
To set before the king?

The king was in his counting house,
Counting out his money;
The queen was in the parlour,
Eating bread and honey.

The maid was in the garden,
Hanging out the clothes;
When down came a blackbird
And pecked off her nose.

Bird Songs and Nursery Rhymes

Two of the most famous bird songs and nursery rhymes relate to the blackbird:

  • Morning Has Broken, originally a Christian hymn first published in 1931 with words by English author Eleanor Farjeon and later made famous by English folk singer Cat Stevens.
  • Sing A Song of Sixpence is a well-known English nursery rhyme


Morning Has Broken - Cat Stevens

Morning has broken, like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
Praise for them springing fresh from the Word.

Sweet the rain's new fall, sunlit from heaven
Like the first dewfall, on the first grass
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden
Sprung in completeness where His feet pass.

Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning
Born of the one light, Eden saw play
Praise with elation, praise every morning
God's recreation of the new day.



Bird Quotes and Bird Sayings

I hope you have enjoyed these Bird Quotes and Bird Sayings. If you enjoyed these then you might also be interested in my Original Bird Poems and Bird Pictures.

My other bird-related articles include:

Thank you for visiting and for sharing my love of birds!

Geoff

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Voted up awesome and beautiful. What a treat to have such wonderful, related information and great pictures of birds all in one place.

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      Another addition to your bird quote that I find inspirational : 'Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them?' - Rose Kennedy

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      geoffclarke 5 years ago from Canada

      Great suggestion, thanks for your contribution - I've added it in! And thanks for stopping by.

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