A fine red comb above my head
But no mere chicken I
Largest bird that soars overhead
Though some may call that a lie

My aerie is the southern peaks
Their dead my sweet repast
I can be found by those who seek
Though I am vanishing fast

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A scavenger I am for certain
But a turkey I’m certainly not
Though soon death drops its curtain
On my species and cousins, the whole lot

Pile your dead upon platforms
Pile them high up for me
Their graves will be among storms
And be the last meal, for me

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I’ve been expanding my range of late
And I think that you’ll like what you see
I flew across the ocean just great
And most white birds out there are just me

I hang out with bovines sometimes
As my name may sort of suggest
I’ve a long neck in watery climes
And I live a life without regrets

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I may not be a Hollywood starlet
But that’s what the pet stores said
They changed the law about birds as pets
And so into the wild I fled

You’ll find me everywhere these days
Spreading eye diseases and rot
If I’m asked about bring invasive I says
I am, but then I am not

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You’ll find me all over the world
With plenty of others I’ll bet
Long snakelike neck will be curled
Over wings spread to dry them when wet

They call me black shag in New Zealand
Perhaps not the most flattering name
But you have to admit my numbers are grand
And it fits me just fine all the same

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They say I’m a symbol of peace
Gliding on mirror smooth lakes
But I’ll tear off all your fleece
If one of my eggs you takes

I may be a bird of few words
And a duck I am certainly not
But my voice will still be heard
If by my snapping beak you’re caught

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The king of all blackbirds is nigh
Croaks on thick bills echo away
A stately presence is on high
Literary reputation here to stay

They may think me a crow
From down on the ground
But my size will soon show
I’m the best bird around

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A blackbird from the New World
Familiar to those on the farm
I sit up high with my wings furled
Until there is caws for alarm

A smarter bird you never will meet
My brain leaves poor parrots behind
But even with wits that are quite elite
The pet store is not for my kind

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You’ll often see me with roadkill
Where they are, I always can tell
It’s easy when you’ve got my skill
Of following their distinctive smell

I’m big but not bullying
Flushed red but not mad
Aloft but not flapping
When there’s death to be had

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If you ever want to visit me
Come down to a forest of pine
Small and fast, I’m tough to see
But you’ll know which song is mine

Folks say we birds don’t help others
They say that we cannot use tools
But I’m helping raise all my brothers
As we squeak and break all the rules

What am I?

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