List of avian humanoids

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Huitzilopochtli, Aztec god of Tenochtitlan.

Avian humanoids (people with the characteristics of birds) are a common motif in mythology, folklore and popular fiction.

In myth and legend[edit]

Myth[edit]

  • Angels in Judeo Christian religion are often portrayed as winged humans
  • Lei Gong, a Chinese thunder god, often depicted as a Garuda-like bird man

Folklore[edit]

  • The Tengu of Japanese folklore, monstrous forest and mountain dwelling humanoids often possessing the wings, claws and sometimes the beak of a bird.

Cryptozoology[edit]

In fiction[edit]

Examples of avian humanoids in science fiction and fantasy fiction include:

Literature[edit]

  • The winged people of Normnbdsgrsutt in Robert Paltock's utopian fantasy Peter Wilkins (1750), including Youwarkee, whom Peter marries.

Comics[edit]

  • There had been some avian humanoids in DC Comics.
    • The incarnations of Hawkman and Hawkgirl are two winged human-like alien (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.
  • Scrooge McDuck, uncle of Donald Duck, lives in Duckburg along with many anthropomorphized characters, mostly ducks and birds.
  • Swift, A fictional superheroine in the Wildstorm universe, member of superhero team known as The Authority

Film and television[edit]

  • 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 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).

Duck universe[edit]

The Duck universe is a land of sentient humanoid ducks created by Carl Barks as part of the wider Mickey Mouse universe. Characters within it include:

Games[edit]

  • The Kig-Yar in Halo
  • 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"

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ S. A. Barrett (1919-03-27). "Myths of the Southern Sierra Miwok". University of California Publications in American Archeology and Ethnology 16 (1): 1–28. 
  2. ^ Bestia Mortale (1999). "Death Is In the Air: Egyptian Sirens Came to Ancient Greece to Ease Souls' Path to Persephone". Widdershins 5 (5). 

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