List of avian humanoids
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In myth and legend
- The Garuda, eagle-man mount of Vishnu in Hindu mythology, was pluralized into a class of bird-like beings in Buddhist mythology
- The gods Horus and Thoth from Ancient Egyptian mythology were often depicted as humans with the heads of a falcon and an ibis, respectively.
- Hermes and its counterpart Mercury in Greek and Roman mythology are usually depicted with sandals and a helm with wings on it, and sometimes also with bird-like wings
- Nike, Boreas, Eros and the Gorgon sisters from Greek mythology are all depicted with birdlike wings. Also the Sirens and Harpies were often represented as half-human half-bird.
- The Tengu of Japanese folklore, monstrous forest and mountain dwelling humanoids often possessing the wings, claws, and sometimes the beak of a bird.
- Owlman in Cornwall
Examples of avian humanoids in science fiction and fantasy fiction include:
- The winged people of Normnbdsgrsutt in Robert Paltock's utopian fantasy Peter Wilkins (1750), including Youwarkee, whom Peter marries.
- The Flock from the Maximum Ride novel series.
- The bird people of Brontitall, led by The Wise Old Bird, in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy are depicted by Douglas Adams as evolving from humans who are so sick of buying shoes that they become bird-like creatures and never set foot on the ground again (see Shoe Event Horizon).
- The race of garuda in fantasy author China Miéville's world Bas-Lag as featured in Perdido Street Station.
- In J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, a race of magical creatures called Veela appear as extraordinarily beautiful women, but turn into frightening bird-like creatures when angered.
- D. R. Merrill's novel Lamikorda deals with humans from a devastated Earth being invited to settle in the solar system of the Alplai, a humanoid species sharing a common descendant with avians and distinguished by their beaks and plumage.
- There had been some avian humanoids in DC Comics.
- The incarnations of Hawkman and Hawkgirl are two winged human-like aliens (Thanagarian).
- Northwind (another DC hero) comes from the hidden city of Feithera, a lost nation of avian humanoids.
- Starhaven, colonized in the 23rd century DC Comics Universe and homeworld of Dawnstar in the 31st century.
- Swift, A fictional superheroine in the Wildstorm universe, member of superhero team known as The Authority
- There had been some avian humanoids in Marvel Comics.
- Scrooge McDuck, uncle of Donald Duck, lives in Duckburg along with many anthropomorphized characters, mostly ducks and birds.
Film and television
- Birdmen, the race from which the character Hawk came in the television series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
- Charn, the Evil One from the BBC series Through the Dragon's Eye, resembles a cloaked, skeletal bird-human who uses magic that can turn people into slime.
- Duckman from the animated sitcom of the same name
- Two mysterious bird-human hybrids from an episode of the TV series Aeon Flux (Season Three, Episode Two, "Isthmus Crypticus")
- The Hawk Men ruled by Prince Vultan (Brian Blessed) in the comic strip, film serial and cult film Flash Gordon.
- The cartoon show Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series depicts the main characters as anthropomorphized ducks who play hockey and fight evil.
- Angels of the Lord from CW's currently airing television series Supernatural. Recurring main character Castiel is an Angel of God.
- The TV series Ugly Americans featured Man-Birds which are humanoid birds with wings instead of arms. Other avian humanoids in that show include the Chicken People (a race of humanoid chickens), the Flamingo People (a race of flamingo-headed humanoids), the Goose People (a race of humanoid geese), and the Penguin People (a race of humanoid penguins).
- Daisy Duck, the girlfriend of Donald Duck
- Gyro Gearloose, an inventor (and chicken)
- Huey, Dewey, and Louie, Donald Duck's nephews
- Ludwig von Drake, a scientist
- Magica De Spell: a sorceress
- Scrooge McDuck, Donald's ultra-rich uncle
- The Aracoix are a race of bird-people in the fantasy massively multiplayer online role-playing game Shadowbane.
- The Biata in the NERO International LARP game are a playable race of bird-like humanoids descended from gryphons.
- The Kig-Yar in Halo
- The Tengu in Guild Wars
- Alestes in Agony
- Hagravens in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Aviantese are a race of humanoid avian creatures, fighting for their god Armadyl, who is also aviantese, in the "MMORPG" RuneScape
- Avians, a playable race of humanoid bird men from the game Starbound
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- Cathy S. Mosley. ""The Princess of the Bird People" a retelling of "Manora, the Bird Woman," from Thailand". H-NILAS: Stories for the Seasons. Retrieved October 31, 2005. — This cites Toth, Marian Davis (1971). Tales From Thailand. Tokyo: Charles E. Tuttle..
- Zerah'el Dancing Grouse. "The Story of the Bird People". Free Cherokee. Retrieved October 31, 2005. — a story from a story teller of the Bird Clan of East Central Alabama that parallels the evolution of birds from dinosaurs