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Yellowbird

Yellowbird Variant names:
Audubon's Babbler, Bananabird, Tweety Bird

Scientific name:
Avis flavin

Distinguishing characteristics:
Yellow feathers, black feet (though Yellowbirds sometimes wear shoes); cowardice; out-of-sync simultaneous bobbing of the head and tail

Song:
Tweet, tweet, burp, tweet

Fun facts:

  • Yellow-billed Yellowbirds are well adapted for hiding in lemon trees (have you ever seen a Yellowbird in a lemon tree?), while black-billed Yellowbirds are better adapted for hiding in banana trees. It was probably a yellow-billed Yellowbird that inspired one of the best-loved poems of the English language:
    A little bird with yellow bill
    Perched upon my window sill
    I coaxed it close with crumbs of bread
    And then I smashed its little head

  • Many supposed "yellow birds" are actually overweight butterflies.

  • The little-yellow-marshmellow-bird Easter candy industry earns more annually than the gross national product of all but two European nations. Yellow rubber duckies are found in the bathrooms of 78% of all American households.
 

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