The Birds decided to form a club. Each gave their qualifications in turn. The Kite felt he was best of all. The Birds fled from he who might be a tyrant. Everyone is partial to themselves; worst is the tyrant.
A self-important Man railed at the Birds for pecking at his orchard fruit. The Birds reminded the Man that they were there first. Self-importance is the origin of many vices.
A Fox came upon Pheasants in a tree. Fox went into a big dance and show and performed until the Pheasants became confused and dropped to Fox’s supper. Too much attention to danger may cause us to fall victims to it.
A Mallard, eating everything, was chided by a Woodcock who ate special foods. They disagreed. The Duck then ate a hook and Woodcock flew into a net. Ooops. Criticize at your own risk.
A Mocking Bird was singing the songs of others who were curious about the Mocking Bird’s own song. As he has no song of his own he could not comply. Do what you do best.
Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin. Birds were warned to destroy things that would later destroy them. Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin.
Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin. A Swallow was warned to eat all sown hemp seeds else they grow up; the fibers woven into a net. Destroy the seed of evil, or it will grow up to your ruin.
A Bat could not choose sides in a potential war. When peace came, neither side would accept him. He that is neither one thing nor the other has no friends.
The Cat played the part of a doctor and called on ailing birds. The Cat asked how they were and the birds answered they would be better off without the Cat. Know your enemies.