For the Birds

By Colleen Fahy

For the Birds


1. I can swim but can’t fly,
And my walk looks absurd.
Though I look like a butler,
I’m a black-and-white bird.
I am a __ __ __ __ __ __ __ .
2. I call out with a “Whoooo.”
I’m awake through the night.
People say that I’m wise.
I know that they’re right.
I am an __ __ __.
3. I have bright-colored feathers,
I can learn to say words.
Though I talk like a person,
I’m still one of the birds.
I am a __ __ __ __ __ __ .


1. penguin 2. owl 3. parrot.


  1. 1.

    Why do birds fly south for the winter?

  2. 2.

    Why did the chicken cross the playground?

  3. 3.

    What kind of bird never gets a haircut?


[illustration] Now the birds have privacy!

[illustrations] Illustrations by Alisa Haggard

1. It’s faster than walking. 2. To get to the other slide. 3. A bald eagle.