Bird Quotes: Eagles, Owls, Crows, Turkeys

Bird quotes pay tribute to the sounds, habits, and admirable qualities of our feathered friends.

There are approximately 10,000 species of birds, and as such, there’s a lot to say about them. We’ve gathered the best quotes, sayings, captions, and idioms into this collection for your enjoyment. Have a look and let us know what you think.

Best Bird Quotes

Everyone likes birds. What wild creature is more accessible to our eyes and ears, as close to us and everyone in the world, as universal as a bird?
David Attenborough

I realized that If I had to choose, I would rather have birds than airplanes.
Charles Lindbergh

Birds are not free since Men have invented cages.
Mehmet Murat Ildan

Birds are indicators of the environment. If they are in trouble, we know we’ll soon be in trouble.
Roger Tory Peterson

To stand at the edge of the sea, to sense the ebb and the flow of the tides, to feel the breath of a mist moving over a great salt marsh, to watch the flight of shorebirds that have swept up and down the surf lines of the continents for untold thousands of years, to see the running of the old eels and the young shad to the sea, is to have knowledge of things that are as nearly eternal as any earthly life can be.
Rachel Carson

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Inspirational Bird Quotes

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.
Langston Hughes

We think caged birds sing when indeed they cry.
John Webster

The presence of a single bird can change everything for one who appreciates them.
Julie Zickefoose

There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before.
Robert Lynd

Like the hummingbird sipping nectar from every flower, I fly joyfully through my days, seeing beauty in everything.
Amethyst Wyldfyre

“What kind of bird are you, if you can’t fly?” said he. To this, the duck replied, “What kind of bird are you if you can’t swim?” and dived into the pond.
Sergei Prokofiev

Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.
Henry Van Dykeen

The reason birds can fly and we can’t is simply because they have perfect faith, for to have faith is to have wings. J.M. Barrie

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Popular Bird Quotes

I value my garden more for being full of blackbirds than of cherries and very frankly give them fruit for their songs.
Joseph Addison

Faith is the bird that feels the light and sings when the dawn is still dark.
Rabindranath Tagore

A forest bird never wants a cage.
Henrik Ibsen

My heart is like a singing bird.
Christina Rossetti

Soft feathers cannot make a cruel bird kind.
Munia Khan

Poor indeed is the garden in which birds find no homes.
Abram L. Urban

No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.
William Blake

I like the idea of taking off like a bird.
Florence Welch

A bird is three things: Feathers, flight and song, And feathers are the least of these.
Marjorie Allen Seiffert

Beautiful Bird Quotes

It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds.

A heart without dreams is like a bird without feathers.
Suzy Kassem

The moment a little boy is concerned with which is a jay and which is a sparrow, he can no longer see the birds or hear them sing.
Eric Berne

The bird is powered by its own life and by its motivation.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

A bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
Maya Angelou

Awesome Bird Quotes

Just as the bird needs wings to fly, a leader needs useful information to flow. Leaders learn.
Israelmore Ayivor

There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before.
Robert Wilson Lynd

The caged bird sings with a fearful trill, of things unknown, but longed for still, and his tune is heard on the distant hill, for the caged bird sings of freedom.
Maya Angelou

The very idea of a bird is a symbol and a suggestion to the poet. A bird seems to be at the top of the scale, so vehement and intense is his life, large-brained, large-lunged, hot, ecstatic, his frame charged with buoyancy and his heart with song.
John Burroughs

Bird Song Quotes

A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
Chinese Proverb

The sound of birds stops the noise in my mind.
Carly Simon

Some birds are poets and sing all summer.
Henry David Thoreau

Hear how the birds, on every blooming spray, With joyous music wake the dawning day.
Alexander Pope

Be as a bird perched on a frail branch that she feels bending beneath her, still, she sings away all the same, knowing she has wings.
Victor Hugo

I heard a bird sing in the dark of December. A magical thing. And sweet to remember. We are nearer to Spring than we were in September. I heard a bird sing in the dark of December.
Oliver Herford

In order to see birds, it is necessary to become part of the silence.
Robert Lynd

Why do birds sing in the morning? It’s the triumphant shout: “We got through another night!”
Enid Bagnold

My favorite weather is bird chirping weather.
Loire Hartwould

It was wonderful cycling through the woods this evening. I was deafened with bird song.
Noël Coward

Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn’t people feel as free to delight in whatever remains to them?
Rose F. Kennedy

I’m a little bird that has broken out of the egg.
Willie Nelson

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Owl Quotations

When the owl sings, the night is silent.
Charles de Leusse

An owl is the wisest of all birds because the more it sees the less it talks.
Christie Watson

There was a wise old owl who sat in a tree. The less he spoke the more he heard. The more he heard the less he spoke. Why can’t we be like that wise old owl in the tree? Speech must die to serve that which is spoken.
Paul Ricoeur

Owls are known as lonely birds, but it is not known that they have the forest as their best friend!
Mehmet Murat Ildan

The little owls call to each other with tremulous, quavering voices throughout the livelong night, as they sit in the creaking trees.
Theodore Roosevelt

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Quotes About Eagles

There is an eagle in me that wants to soar, and there is a hippopotamus in me that wants to wallow in the mud.
Carl Sandburg

The eagle has no fear of adversity. We need to be like the eagle and have a fearless spirit of a conqueror!
Joyce Meyer

And from Humming-Bird to Eagle, the daily existence of every bird is a remote and bewitching mystery.
Thomas Wentworth Higginson

The Eagle has landed.
Neil Armstrong

Don’t quack like a duck, soar like an eagle.
Ken Blanchard

May you soar on eagle wings, high above the madness of the world.
Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Eagles come in all shapes and sizes, but you will recognize them chiefly by their attitudes.
E. F. Schumacher

You cannot fly like an eagle with the wings of a wren.
William Henry Hudson

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Turkey Quotes

I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen as the representative of our country. The turkey is a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original native of America.
Benjamin Franklin

Most turkeys taste better the day after, my mother’s tasted better the day before.
Rita Rudner

Turkeys know their names, come when you call and are totally affectionate. They’re better than teenagers.
Elayne Boosler

Coexistence: what the farmer does with the turkey – until Thanksgiving.
Mike Connolly

I hate turkeys. If you stand in the meat section at the grocery store long enough, you start to get mad at turkeys. There’s turkey ham, turkey bologna, turkey pastrami. Someone needs to tell the turkey, ‘man, just be yourself.
Mitch Hedberg

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And the crow once called the raven black.
George R.R. Martin

If the crow had been satisfied to eat his prey in silence, he would have had more meat and less quarreling and envy.

The crow wished everything was black, the Owl, that everything was white.
William Blake

As the crow flies a popular and picturesque expression to denote a straight line.
William Henry Maule

If you have to eat crow, eat it while it’s young and tender.
Thomas Jefferson

The wing of the Falcon brings to the king, the wing of the crow brings him to the cemetery.
Muhammad Iqbal

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Bird Quotes: Hummingbirds

I’d like to be like a hummingbird. You see them every now and then. You don’t see them everywhere.
Shailene Woodley

Charm is the enchanted dart, light and subtle as a hummingbird. But it is deceptive in one thing: like a sense of humor, if you think you’ve got it, you probably haven’t.
Laurel Lea

Quick as a hummingbird… she darts so eagerly, swiftly, sweetly dipping into the flowers of my heart.
James Oppenheimer

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When a cardinal appears in your yard, it’s a visitor from heaven.

Cardinals appear when angels are near.

Quotes About Birds

Tame birds sing of freedom. Wild birds fly.
John Lennon

I’d rather learn from one bird how to sing than teach ten thousand stars how not to dance.
E. E. Cummings

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
Salvador Dali

What law, what reason can deny that gift so sweet, so natural that God has given a stream, a fish, a beast, a bird?
Pedro Calderon de la Barca

Birds were created to record everything. They were not designed just to be beautiful jewels in the sky, but to serve as the eyes of heaven.
Suzy Kassem

I think we consider too much the good luck of the early bird and not enough the bad luck of the early worm.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Birds do not sing in caves, nor do doves cherish their innocence in dovecotes.
Henry David Thoreau

Birds are a miracle because they prove to us there is a finer, simpler state of being which we may strive to attain.
Douglas Coupland

The bluebird carries the sky on his back.
Henry David Thoreau

Bird Idioms

1.) Free as a bird.

2.) An albatross around the neck.

3.) Like a duck to water.

4.) Proud as a peacock.

5.) Free as a bird.

6.) As the crow flies.

7.) Ugly duckling.

8.) Happy as a lark.

9.) Crazy as a loon.

10.) Take someone under your wing.

11.) A birds-eye view.

12.) Birds of a feather.

13.) A sitting duck.

14.) A night owl.

15.) Wild goose chase.

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Popular Bird Sayings

A.) God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages.
Jacques Deval

B.) A talkative bird will not build a nest.

C.) A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

D.) The early bird catches the worm.

E.) If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, looks like a duck, it must be a duck.

F.) The eagle does not catch flies.

G.) The arrow strikes one bird down, but the flock remains.

H.) What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

I.) The summer does not start with a single swallow.

J.) No matter how high a bird flies, it has to come down for water.

Bird Captions for Instagram

1.) Guess who is a bird nerd?

2.) Is this where I tweet?

3.) Be yourself unless you can be a bird.

4.) The bird is the word.

5.) Toucan play at this game.

6.) As long as it’s not much of a bird’en.

7.) I have no egrets.

8.) Bird puns are always Hawkward.

9.) I could barely see this bird. Yeah, it was in da skies.

10.) Duckingham Palace.

11.) Brrrrd! (For a cold-weather shot of a bird.)

12.) Why do hummingbirds hum? They don’t know the words.

13.) I feel Ostrich-sized.

14.) Owl you need is love.

15.) Hoot and holler.

16.) Winging it.

17.) Crow up!

18.) I wanna fly away.

How To Use These Bird Quotes, Sayings, Idioms, Captions

Here are a few ideas for putting these bird quotes to use:

1.) Post them along with a photo of a bird on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest.

2.) Use a favorite quote below your sign off in emails and letters.

3.) Ask your children about the meaning of some of the bird idioms.

4.) Compare an approach in a business setting to a bird in nature.

5.) Post an inspirational bird quote on your fridge, bulletin board, or office cubicle wall.

By Brenna O’Halloran

Brenna is a naturalist living among the redwoods in California where she sees many a woodpecker, Steller’s jay, and hawk.


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