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The Budgerigar

Gentle you are

A great budgie mate you are

A wonderfully perpetual chirp, chirp, chirper you are

Animated you are

Active you are

Intelligent you are

A sentient individual you are

That’s why you are

a parakeet with the name budgerigar

(in memory of Peekie 9/24/2022)

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The Male Vermilion Flycatcher

Brilliant red underneath

with a black mask

as gorgeous a bird you could ever ask for,

the male vermilion flycatcher

without fail

is a real eye catcher.

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The European Starling

So common

these Europeans

are often viewed as birdy peons.

Loud, pesty, messy, and aggressive

they may not be little darlings

but displaying a glorious purple and green iridescense

along with a bright yellow bill

and bold white dotting on its body

these starlings are certainly startling.

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The Boobies

High power binoculared I obsessively voyaged far to view a booby,

but no voyeur is me.

Not one but two did I see

the Blue-Footed and Brown

when I went out to sea.

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The Clay-Colored Thrush

While plentiful it certainly is not beautiful.

No Quetzal,

it’s colors are decidedly not resplendent.

No Hummingbird.

it’s not behaviorally magnificient.

No Macaw,

it’s not worthy of awe.

Annoyingly singing and singing and singing,

never going hush,

to name that thrush Costa Rica’s national bird

they really must have been in a rush.

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The Resplendant Quetzal

It doesn’t seem fair

but rather foul

that the Resplendant Quetzal

who may be the loveliest bird of all

rhymes with mescal and pretzel.

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The Black-Chinned Hummingbird

When heard zipping by I lurched and spinned.

Yet flight unseen was I chagrinned!

However once perched then viewed I grinned

at that diminutive Black-Chinned.

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Cock of the Rock

From a blind on a deck

I saw at dawn frenetic male Cock of the Rocks at their lek

flamboyantly and loudly putting on a display

to attract a very choosy lady

of whom they would hope one would say

what the heck I will give that big boy more than a peck.

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The Great Kiskadee

The Kiskadees have a trait

in which repeatedly they call kis-ka-dee, kis-ka-dee, kis-ka-dee

So now you know why they are great.

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The Auks

I tried to get a flock of auks to talk

but all they did was gawk.

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