Fly like a bird. Here are some proverbs and quotes about birds.

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Love makes the owl seem prettier than a white falcon.

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'Bilbo Baggins, a bur..., a hobbit,' said poor Bilbo, shaking all over, and wondering how to make owl noises before they throttled him.
J.R.R. Tolkien
Source: The Hobbit - Chapter 2 - Roast Mutton
Bilbo caught by the trolls.

A believer is a bird in a cage, a freethinker is an eagle parting the clouds with tireless wing.
Robert G. Ingersoll

A bird in hand is worth two in a bush.
Be happy with what you have.

A bird in hand is worth two in the bush.
What we already have is more valuable than what we hope to get.

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

A black hen lays a white egg.

A blind crow may sometimes find a grain of wheat.

A crow is no whiter for being washed.

A deaf insect hears words in the belly of a bird

A fish may love a bird, but where would they live?
Drew Barrymore

A swallow does not make the summer.
One good event does not mean that everything is going to be fine.

A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.
Moslih Eddin Saadi

All birds will flock to a fruitful tree.

All parrots are birds, but not all birds are parrots.

Although the snake does not fly it has caught the bird whose home is in the sky.

An eagle does not catch flies.

As free as a bird.
Completely free to do what you want and without any worries.

As free as a caged bird.
(unknown author)

Behold, you are fair, my love; behold, you are fair; you have doves' eyes within your locks: your hair is as a flock of goats, that appear from mount Gilead.
Source: Song of Solomon

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

Birds of a color fly to the same place.

Birds of a feather flock together.

Bless the flowers and the weeds, my birds and bees.
(unknown author)

Both the cockroach and the bird would get along very well without us, although the cockroach would miss us most.
Joseph Wood Krutch

Crows everywhere are equally black.

Crows will not pick out crows' eyes.
(unknown author)

Dead as a dodo.

Dogs don't like bananas, but can't bear to think chickens eat them.

Domesticated chickens and cattle may well be an evolutionary success story, but they are also among the most miserable creatures that ever lived. The domestication of animals was founded on a series of brutal practices that only became crueller with the passing of the centuries.
Yuval Noah Harari
Source: A Brief History of Humankind

Don't count your chickens before they're hatched.
Don't expect everything to be successful. Don’t make your plans based on things that may not happen at all.

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
Don’t invest all your effort or money into a single course of action. Better spread the risks.

Eagles don't catch flies.

Even a blind dove finds a grain of wheat at times.

Every man thinks his own geese swans.
Charles Dickens

Feather one's own nest.

Feather your own nest.
To make yourself rich, especially in an unfair or dishonest way.

Fine feathers make fine birds.
With beautiful clothes you seem more impressive than you really are.

Fowls will not spare a cockroach that falls in their midst.

Get your ducks in a row.
Prepare for something that is going to happen.

God gives every bird a worm, but he does not throw it in the nest.

Have your ducks in a row.
To be well prepared for something that is going to happen.

How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss, and all was said.
Victor Hugo

I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.
Charlotte Brontë

I don't believe in God as I don't believe in Mother Goose.
Clarence Darrow

I have the eyes of a hawk and the ears of a fox.
J.R.R. Tolkien
Source: Movie: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Quoted: Gimli

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."
Oliver Herford

If a bird does not recognize a tree, it will not rest on it.

If chickens were judges, cockroaches would be sentenced.

If only I were a bird! Ah, but eating caterpillars?

If the goose honks high, fair weather.
If the goose honks low, foul weather.

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For a Dutch language page with proverbs about birds, see: vogels.