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1[[quoteright:300:]]²[-[[caption-width-right:300:Image by [[ Kelly Aleshire]].]]-]²²The bird equivalent of LizardFolk: a race of avian humanoids. Specifically this means a coat of feathers, a beak, scaly legs, talons, etc.²²They typically have some or all the biological features of birds - hollow bones, good eyesight, fast reflexes, fast metabolism, egg-laying, enhanced vocal power or control, etc. The arms are typically scaly talons like the feet and sometimes [[WingedHumanoid wings may be present as a third pair of limbs]]; less commonly the wings ''are'' the arms and the hands are either claws or FeatherFingers. Females may suffer from NonMammalMammaries.²²Bird People are found in fantasy and science fiction alike. They are frequently a ProudWarriorRace and often carry a BladeOnAStick. They'll often be called "avians," some derivative of that word, or "{{tengu}}" after a similar creature in Myth/JapaneseMythology. Because of the tactical advantage conferred by avian biology (flight, enhanced reflexes) they're usually balanced by making them physically weak (often due to the hollow bones necessary for flight). In video games, they tend to be [[GlassCannon Glass Cannons]].²²Subtrope of BeastMan. Contrast WingedHumanoid (essentially human except for wings) and HarpingOnAboutHarpies (half-bird/half-human in varying degrees).²----²²!!Examples²²[[foldercontrol]]²²[[folder:Anime and Manga]]²* The Mt. Phoenix tribe in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. The Valley of Cursed Springs, Jusenkyo, is dotted with pools in which many distinct creatures drowned; each spring is thus cursed so that whoever falls in it will turn into that creature whenever splashed with cold water. But there is another Jusenkyo high atop the mountains over the valley, so remote and inaccessible only birds have reached it, and drowned in its pools. For hundreds, if not thousands of years, the mountain people who would become the Mt. Phoenix tribe used this water for everyday life--cooking, laundry, drinking, etc., and instead of instantly turning into birds, they eventually mutated to sprout massive, flight-worthy wings, scaly talons instead of hands and feet, avian instincts, and even affinity with birds of the species they were "descended" from (falcon-like individuals get along with falcons, crow-descended ones can command crows, etc.) They are fiercely isolationist, so that even other Jusenkyo-adjacent tribes and villages believe it's only a myth, but it does occasionally send spies and soldiers into the human world to infiltrate it, using Jusenkyo water to transform into ordinary humans. They have a rigid caste and military structure and [[ThePhoenix a single immortal king that dies and is reborn]] and [[OrcusOnHisThrone whose main purpose]] is to provide [[NoConservationOfEnergy endless heat and light to his subjects]]. The entire culture lives or dies by the availability of Jusenkyo water, since their powerless, infant king cannot transform into a fully-powered adult without it, and if their wells and springs run dry, the tribe will do ''anything'' to their water back.²* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' has a number of Digimon based on birdlike beings, from Biyomon's Ultimate/Perfect-level form Garudamon, the tengu-based Karatenmon to Falcomon's Mega-level form Ravemon.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Card Games]]²* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': The aven are humanoid birds present in several planes. They typically resemble generic birds of prey like eagles and hawks, but [[ owl]], [[ vulture]], [[ crow]] and [[ ibis]]-like forms are also known; they are typically aligned with White and Blue mana (on the plane of Amonkhet, the color they align to actually determines whether they resemble hawks or ibises, respectively), with the Grixis vulture-like Kathari being an exception, aligned with Black mana instead. Most have six limbs -- two wings, two arms, two legs -- and mostly avian body plans, with some exceptions such as the aven from Tarkir -- which have just four limbs, with the forelimbs being both the arms and wings -- and those from Amonkhet -- which resemble otherwise normal humans with bird heads and wings.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Comic Books]]²* The Teppan from ''ComicBook/TysonHessesDiesel''. To drive it home, they're also referred to as "birdmen."²* The Feitherans, whom the Golden Age ComicBook/{{Hawkman}} has befriended and from whom came Norda Cantrell (Northwind) of ''ComicBook/InfinityInc''.²* The Lian aliens are a race of bird people in the comic book adaptation of ''Series/{{Farscape}}''.²* ''ComicBook/LegendsOfTheDeadEarth'':²** In ''ComicBook/{{Batman}}'' Annual #20, it is believed that the Scarecrow was an actual bird person who was hired by the food controllers of Old Gotham to scare away the birds that were eating their crops. The Scarecrow was so good at his job that he soon became the Lord and Master of the Gotham food area.²** In the ''Franchise/GreenLantern'' Annual #5 story "Nobler in the Mind", the Green Lantern El'qa Squa Zreenah is badly injured in a space battle with the Statejians, one of the most powerful and dangerous races in the universe, and he is forced to retreat to the planet Qualar IV. He finds that the planet is inhabited by a sentient race of avians who resemble giant chickens.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Film]]²* ''Film/BatmanReturns'' controversially gave The Penguin this treatment, after director Creator/TimBurton expressed dissatisfaction with the more traditional depiction of "a guy in a tuxedo." Since the template was of a ''flightless'' bird, Danny [=DeVito's=] costume consisted of a stout, blubbery body; hands shaped almost like flippers; a nose that curved forward like a beak; beady eyes sheathed by dark, avian eyelids; almost-reptilian teeth; and a shock of long, thin, stringy hair (which, with a little imagination, could be likened to feathers) sprouting from an otherwise bald head.²* The Skeksis in ''Film/TheDarkCrystal'' are a race of more or less humanoid vulture-like creatures. ²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Folklore and Mythology]]²* Sometimes the {{tengu}} from Myth/JapaneseMythology is depicted as a bird-headed humanoid and other times as a bird-human hybrid, although a confused history and the ability to [[ShapeShifter shapeshift]] has led to it having a wide variety of different forms.²* In early Myth/ClassicalMythology sirens were women with bird-like traits, but because the stories always feature them at the seaside, later depictions [[SirensAreMermaids tend to make them fish-like instead]]. [[HarpingOnAboutHarpies Harpies]] are also a mix of birds and women, with the degree of anthropomorphism varying over time.²** In a legend involving Alexander the Great, as he is marching his army through India he is attacked by a tribe of anthropomorphic birdmen that took after ravens. They assaulted his troops with spears and projectiles, killing around 300 foot soldiers and several cavalry men before he managed to defeat them. In a lot of ways they bear a strong similarity to wingless kenku from D&D.²* In Myth/EgyptianMythology, Horus, Ra and Thoth were gods with avian heads.²* Garuda from Myth/HinduMythology, sworn enemy of the Nagas and Vishnu's mount. His name also appears in Buddhist myth as that of an entire race.²* The [[ Chickcharney]], a being from Caribbean folklore, is said to be a humanoid [[OminousOwl owl]] claimed to inhabit the dense forests of the Bahamas. Common tales state that, if a traveler treats one of these creatures well, they will be rewarded with good luck, whereas mistreating a chickcharney results in bad luck and hard times. Some believe that the legend behind this creature may have been inspired by persistent populations of ''[[ Tyto pollens]]'', an extinct, flightless species of barn owl which measured 1 meter in height and was native to Andros Island.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Literature]]²* The Haspur in Creator/MercedesLackey's Literature/BardicVoices series are anthropomorphic eagles who excel at singing.²* Creator/ChinaMieville's ''Literature/PerdidoStreetStation'' has Yagharek, a member of a race of bird people called the Garuda.²* In SA Swann's Literature/TerranConfederacy universe the Volerans, the second alien species humanity meets and the first with their own FTL empire, are broadly avian, resembling colorful eyeless ostriches.²* The ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' novel ''Han Solo at Star's End'' included an appearance by a member of the Lafrarian species, who is described as basically being a "bird-man." West End Games (the ''TabletopGame/StarWarsD6'' roleplaying-game resource) later clarified that Lafrarians are an avian species who had lost their wings (though their arms are still very wing-shaped) but retained their beaked noses and covering of feathers on the head (which, in their attempt to look more humanoid, they style to look more like EightiesHair). ²* ''Literature/TheEdgeChronicles'' have shrykes, a [[FeatheredFiend nasty example]] of the trope. Both genders are flightless, but female shrykes are larger and more aggressive, usually working as vicious warriors and slavers. The smaller and weaker males are often treated like slaves themselves. ²* Creator/AlastairReynolds' novel ''Literature/RevelationSpace'' (part of his eponymous hard SF space opera series) has the extinct civilisation of the "Amarantine", who once inhabited an Earth-like (and now dead) planet orbiting Delta Pavonis. The first chapter of the novel starts at an archaeological dig of an Amarantine settlement. Amarantine skeletons are noted to be rather humanoid, and their skulls are apparently somewhat crested. As the novel progresses, mysteries surrounding the extinction of the species start pointing to a larger enigma behind the novel's overarching story.²* The Ythrians in ''Literature/TechnicHistory''. They are carnivorous [[WarriorPoet HunterPoets]] rather like [[NobleBirdOfPrey eagles]]. One of the more notable things about them is an organ designed to pump extra oxygen into the wings to give them more lift.²* There are a species of bird-like people in ''Literature/DamselsOfDistress'' stories called pteranthropes. They have avian wings growing out of their lower backs that are fully functional and they have talons in place of humanoid feet. There are three sub-species of pteranthrope with boreads, tengus, and garudas.²* Dragons, angels, and 'cubi (succubi/incubi) from [[Literature/MysteriousWaysADivineComedy MW:ADC]] are all completely avian (and mortal) sentient species.²** The dragons were the first species to gain sentience and culture. Originally, they had only four limbs (two legs, two wings), but through a combination of scientific knowledge and magical ability, they guided their evolution to give themselves a pair of arms (orginally extra, abnormally small, wings).²** The angels--despite their insistence on their own divine origin--descended from the dragons, and evolved a more human-like appearance to gain the trust of humans.²** The 'cubi are closely related to the angels, the main differences being their shapeshifting ability, culture, and skills in the bedroom.²** Though all three species are capable of using magic, they do ''not'' rely on magic for flight (or fire-breathing). This is part of the reason that they're smaller than humans (around four feet tall), as flight is far easier for smaller creatures.²* Lanmia in ''Literature/{{Play Places}}''. Feathers, hollowed bones, and a beak? Check.²* In ''The Listeners'' by Creator/JamesEGunn, a major breakthrough comes when a part of the alien signal is discovered to be an image—and the image is a winged, bird-like creature with multiple arms.²* In ''Literature/TheShapeChanger'', the second person O'Leary experiences a FreakyFridayFlip with is a bird-like humanoid from a nearby universe.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Live-Action TV]]²* One episode of ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' stars the Shansheeth, an alien race of vulture people who act as galactic undertakers.²* The Sixth Xindi race from ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' was the Avians, a race of bird people who are extinct by the time of the series. We only see one of their skulls, but given the huge variation in Xindi bodies, it's not too difficult to assume they were birdlike in appearance.²* ''Series/SesameStreet'' gave us the famous character of Big Bird.²* The Guts from ''Series/UltraSeven'' are a race of parrot-headed aliens who stand as among Ultraseven's most dangerous foes due to their DoppelgangerAttack powers, penchant for TeleportSpam, and ability to fire paralyzing EyeBeams.²** The Ultramen themselves were [[ originally going to be these]], based on Garuda and the Tengu. However, this was scrapped when it was decided the heroes needed to look less monstrous than the villains to make it clear who was on what side.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Tabletop Games]]²* The Arventine in ''TabletopGame/{{The Splinter}}'' can shapeshift into humanoids with feathers and talons. They can also become giant birds of prey.²* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''²** The Aarakocra are a humanoid bird species with wings. They're somewhat more on the bird side than the humanoid side, and have claws on their wings instead of separate arms and wings (until the fifth edition revamp to make them a player race, which gave them six limbs). This prevents them from holding items in their claws while flying, but they have mastered the use of their feet for this purpose. Their preferred weapon is the javelin, which they carry two-at-a-time in their feet, either flinging them at other aerial creatures or diving at ground-based opponents and releasing them at point-blank range into the victim. A group of five Aarakocra can summon an air elemental by chanting and flying through an aerial dance for three minutes.²** The Dire Corby is a subterranean race of huge black bipedal birds about the height of a human being. They have birdlike heads and feet and their hands end in claws. They hunt in flocks, running down their hapless victims while emitting horrifying shrieks.²** Kenku, who are birds in a humanoid shape. They wield quarterstaffs or katanas, and some can cast wizard spells, and are excellent mimics of sound and voices. Their reputation is that of a race of thieves and criminals.²* The Etyri from ''TabletopGame/FadingSuns'' are an avian species known for morbid attitudes and extreme racial diversity (ie. they have an eagle race, a songbird race and so on). Their homeworld is one of the two known planets that developed six-limbed animal life.²* In the ''Franchise/BattleTechExpandedUniverse'' novel ''Far Country'', the Tetatae are an intelligent species of pre-industrial flightless birds, with claws where wings would be. They're largely pacifistic, avoiding conflict, and are largely hunter-gatherers despite maintaining fields. [[AbsentAliens They never appear in the greater universe]], as their system was only found from a malfunction BlindJump that totaled the [=JumpShip=], stranding the crew in the system.²* Averted with ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000's'' Kroot: They're descended from a birdlike species, but the standard Kroots have no wings or feathers, instead having long quills on the backs of their heads and hollow bones. One of their most unique features is the ability of their Shapers to remodel their DNA based on what they eat, with Kroot eating too much of one species being locked into that state (which is what happened to the wolflike Kroothounds and apelike Krootox). Other subspecies include a feathered Kroot that can glide or the massive Knarlocs, who pretty much only exist to give players an excuse to field a TyrannosaurusRex.²* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' has the [[CleverCrows corvine]] {{tengu}}, the [[OminousOwl owlish]] strix and syrinx, and the [[Myth/HinduMythology India-inspired]] garuda. The patron deity of the tengu, Hei Feng, takes the form of a raven-like tengu with glowing eyes.²* Jeff "Top" Ranking, one of the heroes of ''TabletopGame/{{Crimestrikers}}'', is a common kestrel.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Video Games]]²* Epsilon-Eagle, the protagonist from the Sega Genesis run-and-gun shooter ''VideoGame/AlienSoldier''. He's a wingless birdman, although he has steel wings to compensate for this.²* Reiji's crow form from the FightingGame ''VideoGame/BloodyRoar''. An example of a non-GlassCannon fighter, as Reiji is more of a LightningBruiser and battling with him is somewhat like trying to fight a giant blender.²* Tengu, a playable race in ''VideoGame/DungeonCrawl''. They possess beaks and clawed feet but no wings, although they gain magical flight after gaining enough experience in the dungeon. Being a ProudWarriorRace, they have excellent aptitudes for all skills relating to combat, but their avian bodies are somewhat frail, making them [[GlassCannon Glass Cannons]]. They were originally named Kenku after the bird race from ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', but this was changed to Tengu in a later version.²* The Ixal from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' are vicious race of flightless avian beastmen who worship the mad wind elemental Garuda. Since they cannot fly, they travel in the air with hot air balloons. ''Heavensward'' introduces a second avian beastmen race called the Vanu Vanu, who are very portly while [[StoutStrength having the muscle to back it up]] and they worship a whale-like water/wind god named Bismarck. The Vanu Vanu are also a ProudWarriorRace and they perform the Sundrop Dance to show off their strength and intimidate their opponents. Like the Ixali, the Vanu Vanu cannot fly and they ride serpentine creatures that can fly.²* Tengu from ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' and ''VideoGame/GuildWars2''. In the first game they were scattered across Tyria and Cantha and, due to being harassed by the other races, were almost universally hostile. Between the two games the scattered tribes united and built an isolated kingdom to avoid further abuse.²* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''²** ''VideoGame/ZeldaIITheAdventureOfLink'' in the final palace of the Thunder-Bird, his servants are the Fokka [[note]]From a german word meaning bird[[/note]], and Fokkeru. The Fokka are male eagle knights with talon arms instead of wings to wield their sword, and shield. The Fokkeru are the females of the Fokka with actual wings, and NonMammalMammaries, they shoot fireballs instead of swordfighting like their male counterparts. Being placed there by [[BigGood the King]] in ancient times to ensure [[OnlyTheWorthyMayPass only the worthy]] would get the Triforce of Courage, the Fokka, and Fokkeru are not actually evil, and just await a true hero to [[BloodKnight overcome them]].²** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', the Rito [[note]]They have a PunnyName. It's an anagram of "tori", which means "bird" in Japanese, as well as a reference to Ruto, one of their ancestors.[[/note]] people are feathered humanoids with beaks who gain wings on adulthood when they receive a scale from the dragon that acts as their guardian deity. They are descendants of the Zora, a race of FishPeople who were transformed by the gods after TheGreatFlood so that the Great Ocean could remain mostly lifeless. [[spoiler:Likely as a way to keep the flooded kingdom of Hyrule hidden.]] Also the Wizzrobe enemies, while normally just men in cloaks, are redesigned as Toucans with colorful beaks and wing-arms visible underneath their cloaks. This is part because the Wizzrobes' original art in the early games, when brightened up, made their hooked noses look a lot like bird beaks.²** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', the Rito return, but with more animal-looking appearances than before. The parrot-like Kass is a wandering minstrel that Link meets in his journey every now and then, their elder resembles an owl, while the rest mostly resemble birds-of-prey. Strangely, while ''The Wind Waker'' depicts them as descendants of the Zora, here they are depicted as separate races living at opposite corners of Hyrule.²* The Alatien in ''VideoGame/TheLongestJourney'' are roughly humanoid birds with wings for arms.²* The Raloi in the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series are an avian species mentioned in Codex entries, although never seen in-game, due to them collectively throwing their arms up and destroying their tech base, then retreating to their homeworld when [[PrecursorKillers the Reapers show up]] a mere year after they have first contact with the Council races.²** The Turians (one of the main races) are an interesting case. At first sight, they don't seem to resemble birds much, but they were modelled primarily after hawks and other raptors, and indeed [[ without the armour]] you can see more obvious avian anatomy, resembling plucked birds.²* In ''VideoGame/EVOSearchForEden,'' after the dinosaurs are wiped out the player can find a society of bird people living in a fortress in the sky.²* Storm Eagle from ''VideoGame/MegaManX'', an anthropomorphic eagle with mechanical wings. There's also Overdrive Ostrich, Cyber Peacock, Storm Owl, Blaze Heatnix, Wind Crowrang and Mech Jentra, all of which are anthropomorphic birds.²* The Chozo of the ''{{Franchise/Metroid}}'' series are a species of bird-like aliens who raised the protagonist Samus. Their name in English "Chozo" is an anglicisation of their name in Japanese, "chojin-zoku" (bird-folk race).²* ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' has the Sparrow Clan, who live in and maintain the inn at Sasa Sanctuary in Eastern Nippon, can fly, and use VoiceGrunting laced with tweeting. There are also tengu monsters that have less anthropomorphized NoodlePeople designs.²* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' has a few:²** Blaziken is the final evolution of the starter Pokémon Torchic (a small Fire-type chick). It resembles a tall humanoid with a beak and clawed hands and feet, but no wings (possibly because of its chicken heritage). It makes up for it's lack of wings by [[InASingleBound jumping really high.]]²** Hawlucha is a Flying/Fighting type, a cross between a hawk and a MaskedLuchador.²* The Aviansie (sometimes Aviantese) from ''VideoGame/RuneScape'' are a near-extinct race of bird people, recently returned to the world after being discovered frozen in ice. It's later revealed that they come from a DeathWorld called Abbinah and that a small number where able to return home and [[NotSoExtinct stabilise and replenish their numbers]]. ²** Their god who united their species; [[BadassGay Armadyl]] was originally a mortal Aviansie before [[DeityOfHumanOrigin gaining godhood]].²** 2018's Halloween event reveals [[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse Famine of the Horsemen]] is a [[CirclingVultures vulture]] type Aviantese. ²* Birdmen are a recurring race in the ''Franchise/ShiningSeries'' games - [[BattleCouple Balbaroy & Amon]] in Shining Force 1 and Luke & Screech in Shining Force 2.²* The [[ Tengu]] from ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei''²* The Avian race from ''VideoGame/{{Starbound}}''. Their [[ScaryAmoralReligion cultural beliefs]] demand [[HumanSacrifice religious suicide and sacrifice of others]], although there are a fair few DefectorFromDecadence Avians. All of their tech, clothing, buildings, etc are {{Mayincatec}} themed²* The Talortai, the species of Urai Fen in ''[[VideoGame/EmpireAtWar Star Wars: Empire at War: Forces of Corruption]]''.²* The Aracoix in ''VideoGame/Shadowbane''. Unusually, while they are bird-headed, are covered in feathers and have wings, their arms, legs and extremities are like those of humans.²* Jet the Hawk, Wave the Swallow, and Storm the Albatross from ''VideoGame/SonicRiders'' are wingless bird people.²* A few of the Halloween-exclusive cosmetic items in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' turn a few of the mercenaries into bird people. Well, bird-headed people. Note that it's not masks--several of the lines indicate that their heads have ''actually'' turned into bird's heads, and that they are now semi-anthropomorphized birds. The [[MadScientist Medic]] even says that he [[ProfessorGuineaPig experimented on his own head]]!²* The Alkari from the ''VideoGame/MasterOfOrion'' series vary in appearance throughout the series, but they're all obviously based off of avians, and when a playable faction are given a ship defense advantage due to their innate grasp of 3D motion from their species ancestors.²* The Arakkoa in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''. The Arakkoa encountered in Outland are a degenerate offshoot of the main race, having twisted bodies and vestigial wings. The other Arakkoa were wiped out but appear in an alternate version of Draenor, possessing tall and thin bodies with flight-capable wings. The reason two branches of the race exist is the polluted blood of a fallen god which turns any Arakkoa it touches into the degenerate offshoot. The winged Arakkoa worship the sun, but [[LightIsNotGood are xenophobic]] and believe themselves a MasterRace while the wingless Arakkoa worship the shadows and are generally more amiable.²* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'':²** The Crow Demons from ''VideoGame/DarkSouls1'' are a malicious and semi-sentient form, but Ornifex from ''VideoGame/DarkSouls2'' shows that they may be capable of higher thought but simply choose not to engage you.²** ''VideoGame/DarkSouls3'' has the Corvians, who may or may not be descendants of the Crow Demons. Most of them attack on sight, in such a way that it appears they are terrified of the player character, while the ones within the Painted World are suffering and going hollow from the rot. A handful of them are friendly and advise the player to bring fire to the Painting to solve this issue.²* The Aviants from ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'' are anthropomorphic bird aliens who originally come from the Menneck B system before the Varelsi darkened their star. They come in a variety of subspecies and are generally categorized as either flyers or flightless Aviants. Among these Aviants include:²** Benedict who is a Buteonen Aviant, a [[NobleBirdOfPrey hawk]] bird man with [[WingedHumanoid wings as a third extra set of limbs]]. He battles enemies with a rocket launcher despite [[HandicappedBadass one of his wings being shattered]] and only capable of limited flight with the assistance of an Aviary Exosuit.²** Toby who is a cute little Finisci Aviant, essentially an anthropomorphic [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins penguin]] that looks no different than a regular one complete with thumbless flippers and all. Although [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter ridiculously cute]] much to his chagrin, the [[BadassAdorable little fella is a force to be reckoned with]] as he rides his MiniMecha "Berg" into battle to [[KillerRabbit devastate opponents]].²** [[SnakePeople Pendles']] left handed [[SinisterScythe kama]] which is made from the [[BadWithTheBone bones of a Kormiri Aviant]] he [[ProfessionalKiller killed in the past]], in particular using his previous target's skull and beak for the scythe's head and sickle. While it's not been fully explained what exactly a Kormiri Aviant is, Pendles' lore includes Benedict referring to the Kormiri that Pendles killed as an "old Pel".²** Ernest is a short pudgy pink bird man with talon arms who serves as a DemolitionsExpert and sergeant. Although not immediately evident, he has mechanical folding wings which he carries on his back that provide him a bit of a glide. It's not a true glide in the same sense as that of Benedict's though and Ernest's still considered a flightless Aviant either way.²* The online ''VideoGame/CubeEscape'' series has Mr Crow and Mr Owl, bird-headed humanoids shrouded in mystery, SurrealHorror, and BlueAndOrangeMorality.²* ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'':²** A wide variety of bird people exists, with quite literally every variety of bird in the game (and there are plenty) having an anthropomorphic variant in addition to a giant one, in the form of an egg-laying humanoid with the head of its bird counterpart and the ability to fly. That being said, these don't count as full intelligent races in-game, as they don't form civilizations, don't wear clothing, and are generally just bipedal animals, although they can be adopted by an established civilization and adopt the behavior and values of its members.²** There are also cave swallow men, one of the intelligent but still primitive underground races of tribal [[BeastMan animal people]], and the only one able to fly besides antman drones.²* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series backstory, there existed a race of "Bird Men" native to the islands that would become the Imperial City Isle in central Cyrodiil. It is said that they had feathers of glorious colors, talons for feet, and were capable of flight. Like the other Beast Races of Tamriel, they were apparently intelligent, as [[OurElvesAreBetter Aldmeri]] explorers were able to teach them to speak and write. Unfortunately, they, along with whatever it is they called themselves, were lost to history when they were rendered extinct by "cat demons," believed by modern scholars to have been the ancient [[CatFolk Khajiit]].²* ''VideoGame/XenobladeChronicles'' and ''VideoGame/XenobladeChronicles2'' have the Tirkin, a race of squat birdlike humanoids living in tribal groups and native to each game's respective GreenHillZone. While in the first game they seem to be little more than bestial monsters similar to the average fantasy orc, the latter portrays them as verbal if dimwitted folk who are occasionally found allied with the good guys.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Comics]]²* According to WordOfGod, the FurryWebcomic ''Webcomic/LasLindas'' has bird people, but they haven't been seen yet in the comic. Technically, they're the same race as all the other anthropomorphic species in the comic: CatFolk, Cow People, LizardFolk, etc. They're stated to all be the same race called the "Primes", living on Neo-Earth alongside humans.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Web Original]]²* While only the Daws are real birds, the Ocos, Vollarcs and Magaians from Dimetrodone's [[ Aviary]] also fit the bill, being sapient theropod species. Magaians are even sometimes called turkey people because of their similarities to those birds.²* The BigBad of ''WebAnimation/StarshipGoldfish'' is a birdlike alien called Avianaut.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:WesternAnimation]]²* Frafdo, an anthropomorphic eagle from ''WesternAnimation/{{Chaotic}}''.²* The ''WesternAnimation/StarTrekTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Yesteryear" features a race of bird people called the Aurelians. They've made additional appearances in the ExpandedUniverse. ²* The original 80s ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats}}'' features Vultureman, a mutant humanoid vulture.²** ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}}'' features an entire race of bird-men of various kinds.²* ''WesternAnimation/LegendsOfChima'', as to be expected from a franchise based on humanoid animals, has these. The "core" ones are eagles and ravens, with the third season adding vultures and [[spoiler:phoenixes]].²* [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Bird Person]] from ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty''²* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'' have the Carpies, a race of anthropomorphic vultures. ²* ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' werechickens ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin yes, as it sounds]]) exist in their universe.²* ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfSuperman'': In "The Birdmen of Lost Valley", avian beings must raid outside farmlands for survival because a gold raider named Trask and his henchmen hold their populace hostage.²* The title characters of ''WesternAnimation/TucaAndBertie'', in addition to many of the side characters, are humanoid birds.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Real Life]]²* Probably the closest thing nature has ever produced to this trope would be the therizinosaurs, plant-eating theropod dinosaurs which looked vaguely humanoid and had "wings" with clawed fingers. They weren't intelligent, though. ²[[/folder]]²²----


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