How the Birds Got Their Flight

A Fable by Avery Boutte

Everyone knows that birds can fly, what they don't know is how they got this ability.

Once upon a time, a mischievous finch named Oompa decided to play a trick on the penguins. At this time, all the birds lived on the soon-to-be Galapagos Islands. They were very crowded, so Oompa lured the penguins onto the small island. Oompa placed a bunch of fish on its far shore, and the penguins flocked to it. He pushed them out to sea and they floated to the south.

The watchful fairy who lived on the islands felt them shift, and immediately set out to discover who caused this disturbance. She gathered all of the remaining birds in her home, and set about giving them flight. With this magic spell, she gave the eagles the ability to soar, and the hawks the power to glide throughout the air. But she only gave the finches short bursts of flight. The rest of the birds swooped off to the main continents, but the finches had to stay behind. When Oompa coplained about being left behind, the fairy said that it was his payment for playing such a cruel trick on the penguins. The penguins now couldn't fly, for she could not cast a spell on them from so far away. Many years later, several species of finches were found on the Galapagos Islands by a man named Charles Darwin, and this is how they moved to different places. This is how the birds got their different kinds of flight.


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Don't Be Mean!

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Don't Be Mean!