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When my Grandmother saw a bird in the garden, she'd say "oh look, there's a dickie-bird". For years, I didn't know there were different types of bird, I just thought they were all dickie-birds.
When I was around 5, my parents brought ducks home. They said that it would be my pet. The next day they were butchering and cooking it. I asked "What did they ever do to you?" and didn't get a good response. I never ate duck (or didn't like to eat it) ever again.
before i could read and write, my mother ingrained in me that the droppings of birds were called 'bird spit' rather than the 1 letter difference of which at the time i had no knowledge. for a long time, i thought that bird droppings were universally known as spit even though it had nothing to do with saliva, just as a baby goat was called a kid, even though it wasn't human.
My Grandmother told us kids that if we didn't clean up all the hair after we go our hair cut, birds would steal the hair and make nest out of it and we would get headaches.
i thought chickens laid peanuts.
I was told & believed for years that when you heard "cuckoo" it was 2 birds - one saying "cuck" + one saying "coo"!
That our car roof was a roosting place for incredibly noisy and thus large birds. It wasn't until I was six that I noticed that these bird landings corresponded exactly with my Dads arm being out of the car window.