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 folklore and popular fiction.


Vishnu riding Garuda


A winged human-headed Apkallu holding a bucket and a pine cone. From Nimrud, Iraq. 883-859 BCE. Ancient Orient Museum, Istanbul
Horus with the head of a falcon

Folktale and folk belief[edit]

In fiction[edit]

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.
  • In Olaf Stapledon's Last and First Men, the seventh human species is called the Flying Men, soaring on true wings in the atmosphere of terraformed Venus
  • The Flight from the Generation Icarus novel series.
  • Angela Carter's Nights at the Circus tells the story of a woman, Fevvers, who was born with wings.
  • 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 ancestor with avians and distinguished by their beaks and plumage.
  • The Shryke race from The Edge Chronicles are a race of flightless carnivorous bird-people known for cunning, ferocity, and a violent warrior culture. Their warriors are all female, with the males of the species known as 'Shryke-mates'.
  • Linnet from the 2000 young adult novel Growing Wings by Laurel Winter.
  • The long vanished Martians in Richard K. Morgan's Takeshi Kovacs trilogy are a species of large avian people.
  • The three mentioned winged species in Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Thorns and Roses series, the Seraphim, the Peregryns and the Illyrians, as well as various unnamed species of Faerie with wings.


  • 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.
    • Angel/Archangel, a winged mutant from the X-Men series
    • Bird-Man of the Ani-Men
    • Howard the Duck hails from Duckworld, an alternate Earth where ducks evolved instead of apes.
    • The Shi'ar are cold-blooded humanoids of avian descent; they resemble humans with feathered crests atop their heads in lieu of hair.
    • The Bird-People are a race of bird-winged humans that are later revealed to be an offshoot of the Inhumans and reside on the sky island of Aerie. Red Raven is a man who was adopted by the Bird-People and later. Condor is a villainous Bird-Man.
  • Flyer, a winged hero from the NEW-GEN series
  • Scrooge McDuck, uncle of Donald Duck, lives in Duckburg along with many anthropomorphized characters, mostly ducks and birds.
  • A character in The fish that loved the bird on webtoon.
  • The God-like creature named Khamsin, from the comic series A Través del Khamsin.

Film and television[edit]

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:


See also[edit]


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  1. ^ Robert E. Buswell Jr.; Donald S. Lopez Jr. (2013). The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism. Princeton University Press. pp. 314–315. ISBN 978-1-4008-4805-8. 
  2. ^ Roshen Dalal (2010). Hinduism: An Alphabetical Guide. Penguin Books. p. 145. ISBN 978-0-14-341421-6. 
  3. ^ Helmuth von Glasenapp (1999). Jainism: An Indian Religion of Salvation. Motilal Banarsidass. p. 532. ISBN 978-81-208-1376-2. 
  4. ^ Wilkinson, Richard H. (2003). The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson. p. 202.
  5. ^ Budge, E. A. Wallis. The Gods of the Egyptians Volume 1 of 2. New York: Dover Publications, 1969 (original in 1904). Vol. 1 p. 401

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