Birds Are Wonderful: P, Q, and R !

BIRDS  ARE  WONDERFUL  . . .  P,  Q,  and  R !

Dr. James J. S. Johnson

Jesus said: “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink . . . Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, . . . your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”   (Matthew 6:25-26)

For ushering in the year of our Lord 2020,  below follows the sixth advance installment of alphabet-illustrating birds of the world, as part of this new series (“Birds Are Wonderful  —  and Some Are a Little Weird*).  The letter P is illustrated by Pinyon Jay, Puffins, and Peafowl.  The letter Q  illustrated by Quail, Quetzal, and Queen Carola’s Parotia.  The letter L illustrated by Rhea, Raven, and Roadrunner.

“P” BIRDS:   Pinyon Jay, Puffins, and Peafowl.



“Q” BIRDS:  Quail, Quetzal, and Queen Carola’s Parotia.


“R” BIRDS:  Rhea, Raven, and Roadrunner.


Birds are truly wonderful — and some, like the Peacock and Quetzal, are exquisitely beautiful, while others, like the rattlesnake-killing Roadrunner, are fascinatingly unusual, if not also odd-looking!  (Stay tuned for more, D.v.)

* Quoting from “Birds Are Wonderful, and Some Are a Little Weird”, (c) AD2019 James J. S. Johnson   [used here by permission].



5 thoughts on “Birds Are Wonderful: P, Q, and R !

  1. I love those photos of the Roadrunners with the snakes! Each summer when I go to Tucson for our annual Bible Conference I hope for a nice shot like that. I’ve gotten one with a little lizard, but mostly I seem to chase the roadrunners around the hotel parking lot, never getting close enough for a good shot. Once you’ve had that experience, you know full well why they are called road runners! Great series! Thanks for posting! William


  2. I had no idea some quail actually turned white during the winter for camouflage purposes.
    As I looked at the bird with the worm, I was reminded of watching a few birds in my own yard deal with getting worms for their meals. It always looks like they are tormenting the worm — pecking at it and pulling at it over and over — but not just eating it. I think some of those times, they are still trying to get it out of the ground. But I can’t figure out why the worm doesn’t just crawl back in its hole and get away. Eventually, the birds start to eat it. Is there something going on that I’m not aware of when they do that, or are they really tormenting it to wear it out so there’s no fight left in it?


    • I often wonder why the worms crawl out onto the sidewalks after a rain and make themselves open season to all the birds! But I suppose one day the worms will have their revenge: Mark 9:44 “Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.” But I don’t plan on going there!

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