The birds were meeting to choose a new king. Jim the Jackdaw looked at himself in the mirror. "I am a fine bird," he thought, "but all my feathers are black. A king should have coloured ones and look important." So before the meeting he crept around stealing feathers from the other birds. He took some from the birds of paradise, and others form parrots, cockatoos and peacock. On the big day he paraded in front of the other birds feeling very grand and handsome. 'Hey," they all shouted. "Those aren't your own feathers! How can we choose a king who steals other people's clothes?" So poor old Jim was sent home to his nest without any supper.