Happy Thanksgiving: 40 Culturally Relevant Birds

Thursday’s meal may not be a crowning moment for the avian kind, but birds have done well making a name for themselves in pop culture. From the lovable Woodstock to Harper Lee’s lessons in morality, the trendy act of microblogging to birds that actually microblog, they have left their tiny tracks all over our consciousness. With anthropomorphic birds (see Big Bird), humans channeling birds (see Björk), and even birds killing humans (see Bird Flu), it seems that the two species have never been more closely linked. Below the jump, we’ve rounded up 40 cultural it birds who did better for themselves than the one on your Thanksgiving table.

1. Angry Birds

2. Big Bird

3. The Birds

4. “Put a Bird On It,” Portlandia

5. Tweety

6. Bye Bye Birdie

7. Toucan Sam

8. Mother Goose