Introduction to Birds of the Bible

American White Pelicans at Lake Hollingsworth

American White Pelicans at Lake Hollingsworth

Goal: To encourage your understanding and help you form a mental picture of the fowls or birds of the air found in scripture.

God has created the fowls and birds and they are mentioned throughout the Bible. When you read the name of a bird, does a mental picture come to view or do you just keep reading without a thought to what you just read? Sure, you know some of them, like the Eagle or a Sparrow, but how about a Bittern, Ossifrage, Hoopoe, or Lapwing? Not just their names are important, but how about the illustrations that use birds to teach lessons? God’s care, strength, provision and other lessons are taught with birds as the examples.

Wood Stork

“But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you; And the birds of the air, and they will tell you;” Job 12:7

So, let’s get started with:

The Birds of the Bible

“Then God said, ‘Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.’ So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.’ So the evening and the morning were the fifth day.” Gen 1: 20-23

Here we see that God created the birds on day five of creation and that “it was good.”

“Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name.” Gen 2:19-20a

Adam was given the privilege of giving all the “critters” their names. Were there as many varieties of birds then as now? There have been changes within the species (kinds), but not evolution (changing from one kind to another kind).

Depending on which copy of the Bible you use, here are some of the names of birds mentioned in the Bible. These will be introduced in following blogs. Not necessarily in the following order.
; Chicken; Cormorant; Crane; Cuckoo; Dove; Eagle; Falcon; Glede; Hawk; Hen; Heron; Hoopoe; Kite; Lapwing; Night Hawk; Osprey; Ossifrage; Ostrich; Owl; Partridge; Peacock; Pelican; Pigeon; Quail; Raven; Sparrow; Stork; Swallow; Swan; Vulture

2 thoughts on “Introduction to Birds of the Bible

  1. Just a note to thank you for this great website and blogs. I plan to use its information to help me develop sketches that include birds of the Bible.

    I have two bird puppets, Sid & Louise Boid, who will go with me to churches, senior community groups, and various events. The Boids help me to get biblical messages across to audiences in an entertaining and humorous way. Though they are “whacky” looking birds and don’t look like any specific species, they will talk about their neighbor birds and their relationship with them, drawing parallels to our human relationships with God and with our fellow humans.

    Your information will help Sid and Louise speak from factual information about various bird species and their behaviors as well as helping them refer to appropriate scriptures.

    If any of your birding folks know any really good bird jokes or funny stories, I’d love to see them as feed for my scripts – and songs. Thank you.

    Dotti Seitz
    Transformation Puppet & Story Works


    • Have you read the book Bird Life in Wington: Practical Parables for Young People by John Calvin Reid?
      It’s possible you could create scrip from it.
      Would you be willing to share some of your script/ideas you already have? I have been wanting to do a Birds of the Bible VBS for some time. If so, please message me at Thank you!


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