The early worm gets eaten by the bird, so sleep late.
Gay, guiltless pair, What seek ye from the fields of heaven? Ye have no sins to be forgiven. (Of two swallows that flew into church during service)
A bird in the hand is safer than one overhead. A bird in the hand is worth what it will bring. A bird in the bush usually has a friend in there with him.
Women and birds are able to see without turning their heads, and that is indeed a necessary provision for they are both surrounded by enemies.
A bird in the hand is messy.
The bird thinks it a favor to give the fish a lift in the air.
Naked as a jaybird.
Magpie, n.: A bird whose theivish disposition suggested to someone that it might be taught to talk.
If one cannot catch a bird of paradise, better take a wet hen.
Ostrich, n.: A large bird to which (for its sins, doubtless) nature has denied that hinder toe in which so many pious naturalists have seen a conspicuous evidence of design. The absence of a good working pair of wings is no defect, for, as has been ingeniously pointed out, the ostrich does not fly.