When the boys father comes home, the step-mother says the boys has gone to visit some relatives, and then she serves him the black pudding made out of the boy's body.
After supper, the girl buries her brother's bones, and weeps tears of blood. Then the tree quivers and a beautiful bird flies out, and suddenly Marlinchen, the sister, feels comferted.
The bird flies to the goldsmith's house and sings "My mother she killed me, My father he ate me, My sister, little Marlinchen, gathered together all my bones, Tied them in a silken handkercheif, laid the beneath the juniper tree, Kywiit, kywiit, what a beautiful bird i am!"
The goldsmith cried "what a beautiful song! Sing it again!"The bird says he'll sing it again in exchange for a gold necklace. The goldsmith gives him the necklace, and he sings again.
Next, the bird flies to a shoemaker's house and sings the same song. The shoemaker cries, "What a beautiful song! Sing it again!" The bird says he'll sing it again in exchange for a pair of red shoes. The shoemaker gives him the shoes, and he sings again.
Lastly, he goes to a mill and sings the song. The millers give him a millstone in exchange for an encore. The bird puts the millstone around his neck like a collar and flies home.