Have you ever heard the phrase “birds of a feather flock together”? If you’ve ever watched birds in nature, you know that this phrase holds true. If you see a flock of birds flying together, it’s made up of the same kind of birds.

For example, you might see a group of sparrows flying together. You usually won’t see a sparrow, a seagull, a buzzard, a cardinal and a crow flying together. That sure would be a sight, though, wouldn’t it?

So why do birds flock together? Scientists believe that birds tend to fly and hang out together in flocks because there’s safety in numbers. Flocking together helps birds to stay safe from predators.

One bird alone might be easy for a predator, such as a cat, to attack. However, a cat wouldn’t stand much of a chance against a flock of 10 or more birds.

Did you know that people sometimes behave the same way? It’s true! “Birds of a feather flock together” is an old proverb that is often used to describe groups of people.

A proverb is an old saying that’s considered to be wise or good advice. “Birds of a feather flock together” has been around in the English language since the mid-1500s.

When applied to people, this phrase means that people who are similar to each other or share similar interests tend to spend time with each other. You’ve probably noticed this at school. The friends that you hang out with probably tend to be people who are similar to you or like the same things that you do.

It’s only natural for people with similar interests to hang out together. However, it doesn’t have to mean that you only spend time with the same people. People have many different interests, so you may be part of many different groups that share interests.

For example, if you play soccer, you may hang out with your soccer teammates from time to time. But you might also love to play chess, which means you might also hang out with friends who are on the chess team at school.

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    • What a GREAT comment, Aparajita! We WONDER what it would be like to be a bird for a day? Oh, the places we would fly! :-)

    • Thanks for letting us know what you thought about today’s Wonder of the Day®, Betsy! We LOVE your enthusiasm for WONDER…it’s contagious! You ROCK! :-)

    • We’re super glad you like today’s Wonder about birds, Wonder Girl! Thanks for hanging out in Wonderopolis with us today! :-)

    • We’re so glad you liked it, Clara! Thanks so much for letting us know that! We hope you have an AMAZING day filled with LOTS of WONDER! :-)

    • Thanks so much for sharing your guess for tomorrow’s Wonder of the Day®, Rahul! We hope you’re right…cheetahs would be FUN to WONDER about! :-)

  1. Good Morning Wonderopolis,
    My grandparents have 5 wild turkeys in their yard. I have not seen them, but I did find one of their feathers. Looking at today’s video of the turkeys made me think of an army of soldiers. Yesterday at the beach, we saw a few seagulls together, but they were not in a flock. This makes me WONDER how many together make a flock?

    I think tomorrow’s WONDER will teach us about cheetahs.

    • That’s really cool about the wild turkeys that visit your grandparents’ yard, Charlie! We like how you thought the turkeys in the video for today’s Wonder looked like an army of soldiers…we can see what you mean! Thanks for sharing that you still wonder how many birds make a flock. We’ll both have to do a bit more WONDERing about that one! :-)

    • Hello there, Arielle! We really like your guess for tomorrow’s Wonder…it’s GREAT! Thank you for sharing it with us, and THANKS for visiting Wonderopolis! :-)

    • That’s a super good guess, AnnaM! We can’t wait to visit Wonderopolis tomorrow morning to see what we’ll all be WONDERing about! YOU ROCK! :-)

    • We’ve gotten a lot of GREAT guesses about what tomorrow’s Wonder might be, Wonder Friend A! Thanks for letting us know what YOUR guess is, too! We’re glad you stopped by Wonderopolis today! :-)

    • We can’t wait for tomorrow’s Wonder, either, Jared! We love learning in Wonderopolis, and we’re SO GLAD to know that you do, too! :-)

  2. I was very close to guess today’s wonder. :) I loved today’s wonder! :D I think tomorrow’s wonder of the day is about a really fast thing.

    TJ

    • Way to go, TJ! We think you are an AMAZING Wonder guesser! Thank you for letting us know you loved exploring today’s Wonder…we really appreciate hearing that! :-)

  3. I really like this wonder! I think tomorrow’s wonder will be about cheetahs. I love cheetahs! They’re so cute!

    • Cheetahs ARE pretty awesome, Kristin! There are quite a few other Wonder Friends who agree with you about what tomorrow’s Wonder might be. It’s exciting to WONDER about it, isn’t it? :-)

  4. It’s true, I like to hang out with my friends like “Birds of a feather flock together” at my summer camp called “Camp Renegade” the most fun place I know, but it costs a lot of money.

    • We think it ROCKS that you have such close friends at camp, Carlos! Did you know that we have a special summertime camp experience coming to Wonderopolis next week? Keep checking back to learn more about it…and keep WONDERing about the world around you! :-)

    • That really would be cool to see a cheetah, Wonder Girl, but we agree with you…from a distance! We think they are super fast and dangerous because they are wild animals! We hope tomorrow’s Wonder is about cheetahs, too! You have us WONDERing about them now and wanting to learn more, too! :-)

  5. I love hanging out with my friends, it should be called, people who hang out in FLOCKS, are very COOL. CWFTNW! (cant wait for the next wonder!)

    • We think our Wonder Friends are SUPER COOL, Zion, and we like your comment a LOT! Thanks for sharing that you can’t wait for tomorrow’s Wonder…we’re excited to discover it, too! :-)

  6. I’m WONDERing what tomorrow’s WONDER is going to be about. I hope that it will be about really fast animals and the day after that is going to be about wolves, I love wolves they are soo, soo cute.

    • Hi there, Meylianelle! Thank you for sharing what you hope tomorrow’s Wonder and even the next Wonder of the Day® will be about! We will all have to check Wonderopolis tomorrow morning to find out! Have a GREAT rest of the week! :-)

  7. Hello! this is Julia! I’m the same Julia, but I changed my username just for now!! Anyways, I’m not sure what the next wonder of the day will be about but I’m positive it will be good! Oh and BTW for people that just figured out what what wonderopolis is….well I’ve got 3 words:

    Best
    Website
    Ever

    Now you know!

    • What a WONDERful comment you left for us, Julia! We sure appreciate your enthusiasm for WONDER and how you want to share about Wonderopolis with others! You are a really AWESOME Wonder Friend, and we’re so glad you like learning in Wonderopolis as much as we do! Have a GREAT day! :-)

  8. Hi, amigos! Gracias for sharing the marvelous articles every day! Our kids enjoyed them a lot. We learn so much about different topics, gracias for that. We will talk about Wonderopolis in our blog this week! I will send you the path :) Will be out on Friday.

    Have a excellent day!

    Onlinefreespanish.

    • You and your family are such AWESOME Wonder Friends, onlinefreespanish! We appreciate hearing that you enjoy exploring and learning as a family in Wonderopolis! Thank you for sharing about your Wonder adventures on your blog! We can’t wait to enjoy your post! :-)

  9. Dear Wonderopolis,
    WONDERful wonder!!! I was right about the birds guess and so were some other people! I think tomorrow’s wonder is going to be about balloons/helium.
    XOXOXOXOXO,
    Paige ;)

    • Way to go, Paige! We sure do appreciate your comments…thanks for sharing another WONDERful one with us today! We like your guess for the next Wonder, too! :-)

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Have you ever wondered…

  • Do birds of a feather flock together?
  • What is a proverb?
  • Why do birds flock together?

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What birds of a feather do you flock together with? If you think about it for a while, you’ll realize that you’re probably a part of many different groups that share common interests.

For example, you share very close relationships with the other members of your family. You’re also part of a particular class at school. You may also be part of a sports or academic team at your school.

Do you support a certain professional or college sports team? Do you have a church group that you belong to? What about your neighborhood? Are you part of a special group of friends that all live close to each other?

Take some time to think about the groups you’re part of. What common interests do you share with the members of each group? What differences do you have? Give thanks for all the friends who make your life special!

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