Proverbs and quotes about birds

  • A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
  • The early bird catches the worm, but it is the early worm that gets caught.
  • A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
  • Birds of a feather flock together.
  • A bird never flew on one wing.
  • God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages. (Jacques Deval)
  • A fine cage won't feed the bird.
  • A new net won't catch an old bird.
  • Every bird loves to hear himself sing.
  • No matter how high a bird flies, it has to come down for water.
  • A talkative bird will not build a nest
  • It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds
  • I realized that If I had to choose, I would rather have birds than airplanes. (Charles Lindbergh)
  • A sparrow in hand is worth a pheasant that flieth by.
  • A spoken word is not a sparrow. Once it flies out, you can’t catch it.
  • The summer does not start with a single swallow.
  • One swallow does not make a summer.
  • If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, looks like a duck, it must be a duck.
  • What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.
  • Had the pheasant not screamed, it wouldn’t have been shot.
  • The chicken that cries at night will not lay eggs in the morning.
  • The eagle does not catch flies.
  • The locust flies with the wings of a falcon.
  • The parrot utters one cry, the quail another.
  • The owl sees in his son a falcon.
  • A wise old owl sat on an oak;
    The more he saw the less he spoke;
    The less he spoke the more he heard;
    Why aren’t we like that wise old bird?
    (Edward Hersey Richards)
  • When the mantis hunts the locust, he forgets the shrike that's hunting him.
  • The hen flies not far unless the cock flies with her.
  • The seagull sees farthest who flies highest.
  • Live with vultures, become a vulture; live with crows, become a crow.
  • The crow that mimics a cormorant is drowned.
  • As proud as a peacock.
  • To be up with the lark ( = to be awake and out of bed early in the morning)
  • The arrow strikes one bird down, but the flock remains.
  • Birds in their nest agree.
  • Feather one’s own nest.
  • The bird does not cry for feathers, he cries for long life and the feathers will come.

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6 thoughts on “Proverbs and quotes about birds”

  1. Сrows do not pick crow’s eyes
    Every man thinks his own geese swans”, “Every mother thinks her own gosling a swan”
    ; “Feather to feather a goose is plucked”
    “Geese with geese, and women with women”

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