Birds are a pretty polarizing species. Not everyone loves them. And, if we’re really being honest, we get it. The poop on your car. The terrifyingly calculating moves crows can make. The chirping… so… early… in the… morning. Plus, if you’ve seen The Birds, you probably have a hard time trusting anything feathered, right? But, there are also some truly wonderful aspects of birds. For instance, they add color to the scenery, even on the bleakest of days. We’re such fans of our feathered friends’ plumage, in fact, that we decided to create an entire collection of bird coloring pages.
A few other reasons to like birds? When it’s not the ass-crack of dawn, their songs are quite lovely. And there are 10,000 species of bird, many of which boast extraordinary adaptations or put on truly magnificent displays with their feathers. Birds also seem to have such spirited personalities. How can you look at a flamingo and not smile or watch a waddling penguin fall and not laugh? A fat, chirping robin on your driveway is instant happiness, just like the iconic “bluebird of happiness.” Another fun bird fact: Many people believe that seeing a cardinal is a sign that someone who recently passed is visiting in and checking on you. How sweet is that?
Birds put smiles on our faces — and we know they do the same for a lot of you — so these bird coloring pages seemed like a must-have. And when you finish this collection, we have plenty more coloring pages to choose from to round out your afternoon arts and crafts. Keep the bird theme going by trying out our parrot coloring pages. Or you can dive underwater with our whale coloring pages and shark coloring pages. If it’s spring in your heart and you’re aching for the cicadas to disappear so you can get back into your yard, we can take you there (virtually) with flower coloring pages.
Color until your heart is content and then, you know, color some more.
Free Printable Bird Coloring Pages
Bird Page No. 1
Ever look up at the sky to see birds flying and wonder how high they go? Well, most of the time, our feathered friends cruise under 500 feet up. However, they do gain altitude during migration — some species climb from 2,000 feet to 5,000 feet and even up to 20,000 feet!
Bird Page No. 2
You probably know that the generic term for a group of birds is a flock. But you may not have realized that there are also separate names for specific bird species. For example, a group of vultures comprises a wake. A group of emus? A mob. Our favorite, perhaps, is the group name for flamingos: flamboyance!
Bird Page No. 3
Specific birds also have distinctive “songs” or chirps. You can quickly identify chickadees by their namesake call of “chick-a-dee.” The American robin’s chant includes a series of two to three short phrases, which rise and fall, giving a sound resembling “cheerily, cheer-up, cheerily.” And the oak titmouse repeats a series of three to seven syllables that make it sound as though they’re repeating “peter peter peter.”
Bird Page No. 4
Your little one is going to find this fact hilarious: Ornithologists have observed worm-eating Bassian thrushes unearthing their prey by farting at piles of leaves. As the gas causes debris to shift, the worms move, and voila! The Bassian has its next meal.
Bird Page No. 5
You might be reaching for your red crayon right now to color this cardinal, but wait! Although rare, some cardinals have a genetic plumage variation called xanthochroism, resulting in vibrant yellow feathers. Of course, you might want to stick to the classic cardinal colors, which is cool too. The male North American cardinal is completely red, while the female is tan with a red wash across the chest. You may also be interested to know that the males get their red color from carotenoids in their diet.
Bird Page No. 6
Birds remain a source of mythic inspiration in cultures all over the world. One of the most commonly held beliefs is that birds flying between the earth and the sky are messengers of the gods. Another famous myth is that of the iconic baby-carrying stork. Who could forget the scene in Dumbo when the stork delivers all the baby animals to the circus train?
Bird Page No. 7
You can’t get much cuter than lovebirds! However, if you’re thinking of adopting a pair as pets, keep in mind that parrots are highly active birds. Love birds need ample time outside of their cage to fly around so they can exercise all of their muscle groups.
Bird Page No. 8
Despite the idiom “bird-brained” suggesting otherwise, many bird species are pretty brilliant. Birds like pigeons and ravens boast impressive memories. Finches actually learn calls by listening to others and following rules of syntax. And parrots can mimic — and understand — the words of humans. Of course, birds have had plenty of time to familiarize themselves with human speech patterns. Did you know pigeons and humans have been in living in the same spaces for centuries? The first recordings of pigeons date back to 3000 B.C.E.
Bird Page No. 9
Want to attract some beautiful birds to your backyard? According to the Humane Society, birds enjoy black-oil sunflower seeds, white proso millet, peanuts, suet cakes, nyjer seed, and cracked corn.
Bird Page No. 10
Love is in the air! So on that subject, here’s a fascinating point: A bird’s heart beats an astonishing 400 times per minute at rest and up to 1,000 beats per minute in flight.
Bird Page No. 11
Did you know the smallest bird in the world is the bee hummingbird? They’re about five centimeters long, and they can even fly backward! But the interesting bird trivia doesn’t stop there: Did you know the sword-billed hummingbird is the only bird that has a beak longer than its body?
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