Birds in Books: Famous Birds in Literature
Birds have appeared in books for centuries, from Shakespeare to Edgar Allan Poe. How many of these birds in famous birds in literature do you recognize?
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To Kill a Mockingbird
Romeo and Juliet
In Act 3, Scene 5 of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the title characters gently argue over where they hear a nightingale or a lark.
A parrot named Poll was Robinson Crusoe’s companion after he wrecked his ship on a remote island in Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe. The author was 60 years old when he wrote the novel. Discover more facts about birds in pop culture.
Ode to a Nightingale
John Keats’ eight-stanza poem Ode to a Nightingale is about the bird that “Singest of summer in full-throated ease.” Do hummingbirds sing? Learn the many sounds of hummingbirds.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Lewis Carroll introduced four birds in Chapter 2 of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: a duck, a dodo, a lory and an eaglet. The birds are believed to represent different people, with the dodo as the author.
The folktale Chicken Little has six main characters. Five are birds: Chicken Little, Henny Penny, Ducky Lucky, Goosey Loosey and Turkey Lurkey. The sixth is Foxy Loxy.