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Fables exist in many versions; here is one version in English:

THE BIRD CATCHER AND THE CRICKET

A story about a bird catcher, exhorting us to pay attention to deeds, not words.
A bird catcher heard a cricket and thought he was going to make a big catch, estimating its size by the volume of its song. But when he walked up and seized his prey, he discovered that it was worthless. The bird catcher then denounced the whole process of deducing from appearances, since it often leads people to make mistaken judgments.
The fable shows that persons of no value can seem to be greater than they really are.

Source: Aesop's Fables. A new translation by Laura Gibbs. Oxford University Press (World's Classics): Oxford, 2002.
NOTE: New cover, with new ISBN, published in 2008; contents of book unchanged.


Perry 397: Gibbs (Oxford) 271 [English]
Perry 397: Aphthonius 4 [Greek]


You can find a compilation of Perry's index to the Aesopica in the gigantic appendix to his edition of Babrius and Phaedrus for the Loeb Classical Library (Harvard University Press: Cambridge, 1965). This book is an absolute must for anyone interested in the Aesopic fable tradition. Invaluable.