Birds of a Feather

Version 1

Birds of a feather flock together,
And so will pigs and swine.
Rats and mice will have their choice,
And so will I have mine.

Source: Wright, The Original Mother Goose (1916)

Version 2

Birds of a feather and kynde,
Will still together flocke

Source: Rowlands, Diog. Lanthorne (1607)

Historical Background

This old adage dates back to at least around the mid-sixteenth century. In 1545, a differing version of the phrase was printed in William Turner’s “The Rescuing of Romish Fox” as, “Byrdes of on kynde and color flok and flye allwayes together.” The first known publication of the phrase in its modern form was published in “The Dictionarie in Spanish and English” in 1599.

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