Books with birds in the title

February 12, 2011

My list:

  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • John Steinbeck’s classic, Canary Row

His list:

  • The Thorn Birds
  • Jemima Puddleduck
  • Mr Chicken Goes to Paris

Your turn. Go on, put a bird on it.



  1. Why chickens prefer beautiful humans – Marc Abrahams
    Kill two birds and get stoned – Kinky Friedman
    The wind-up bird chronicle – Haruki Murakami
    Jonathan Livingston Seagull – Richard Bach

    …oi, wasn’t that Cannery Row by John Steinbeck?

  2. Wild Swans – Jung Chang
    A Sparrow Falls – Wilbur Smith
    Where Eagles Dare – Alistair McClean
    Tommo and Hawk – Bryce Courtney
    Black Swan, White Raven – Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling

  3. And of course, Chicken Licken…?author

  4. I Heard the Owl Call My Name, Margaret Craven
    Owls Do Cry, Janet Frame
    But Where is the Green Parrot?, Thomas Zacharias
    Flaubert’s Parrot, Julian Barnes

    (I like this game.)

    • Lordy, that’s quite the highbrow list. This post is getting lots of traffic… a strange number of people search for, and I quote, “books with birds in the title.” Who knew?

      • It’s the theme of this week’s New York Times Sunday crossoword 🙂

  5. The Pelican Brief
    Lonesome Dove
    One Flew Over The cuckoo’s nest
    The Maltese Falcon
    The Eagle Has Landed
    The Owl and the Pussycat
    Cardinal Rules
    The Ugly Duckling
    Lonesome Dove

  6. It’s not Canary Row, it’s Cannery Row….(not a bird)

  7. The Goldfinch
    H is for Hawk
    The Nightingale
    Bird by Bird

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