Thursday, January 26, 2006

Birds in the White House

Although never as popular as dogs, birds of various kinds have resided at the White House off and on since the very beginning, though they seem to have fallen out of favor with recent administrations. From White House Pets:

Lyndon B. Johnson (1963-1969) – lovebirds.

John F. Kennedy (1961-1963) – Robin (a canary), and Bluebell and Marybelle (parakeets).

Calvin Coolidge (1923-1929) – Nip and Tuck (canaries), Snowflake (a white canary), Old Bill (a thrush), Enoch (a goose), and a mockingbird belonging to Mrs. Coolidge.

Warren Harding (1921-1923) – canaries belonging to Mrs. Harding.

Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909) – Eli Yale (a macaw belonging to son Quentin) and a Barn Owl.

William McKinley (1897-1901) – a Mexican double yellow-headed parrot.

Grover Cleveland (1885-1889) – canaries and mockingbirds belonging to Mrs. Cleveland.

Rutherford Hays (1877-1881) – four canaries and a mockingbird.

Ulysses S. Grant (1869-1877) – son Jesse’s parrot and gamecocks.

Abraham Lincoln (1861-1865) – Jib (son Tad’s turkey).

James Buchanan (1857-1861) – a pair of Bald Eagles.

James Madison (1809-1817) – a green parrot belonging to Mrs. Madison.

Thomas Jefferson (1801-1809) – a mockingbird.

George Washington (1789-1797) – a parrot belonging to Mrs. Washington.


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