Inside: Free pictural prints from the childrens Pictorial Alphabet of Birds book.
As a child, to pass the time on long car journeys, we used to play the alphabet game. Where a random category, such as Countries or flowers, was chosen. We took turns naming something in the theme for every letter of the alphabet.
Whenever birds were chosen as the category, my dad, the ornithologist, would get particularly animated and obscure in his answers. When I came across this vintage children’s pictural book, The Alphabet of Birds by Thomas Nelson (1874), memories of those long trips in the back of the car came flooding back.
However, I’m not sure the birds in the book would have been the same as the ones we’d chosen. There is no bird for the letter U and the bird chosen for Z is a bit of a cheat.
I play the same alphabet game with my children, but it has more of an edge now as there is Google to check answers. In the past, we used to make up some names and convince others they were valid answers.
How To Download The Bird Alphabet Prints
The alphabet of birds is spread over four pictural prints and four corresponding pages of charming poems. Click on the title above the print you want. A higher-resolution image will open in a new window. Click on that image to print or save it to your device.
All the images are in the Public Domain and you are free to use them as you wish.
Personally, I would have chosen Cockatoo’s for the letter C as they are my favourite birds.
There is a beautiful collection of flamingo art prints on Pictureboxblue.
Check out these other humming bird prints.
There are some more Pelican illustrations on the site.
I would have chosen an exotic toucan for the letter T rather than the thrush.
You may also like these tropical bird cigarette card illustrations.
See all the vintage natural history illustrations on the site here.
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