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Birds in the Magic universe can be of tremendous size and quite intelligent, while some are even anthropomorphic. Natural birds are usually blue or white balanced creatures with flying. Many of them, being blue, have deck searching/drawing abilities. An exception is Birds of Paradise which is a Green, 0/1 with a mana acceleration-related ability.
The first creatures to bear the type Bird were Roc Hatchling and Circling Vultures in Weatherlight. Roc of Kher Ridges from Alpha, Osai Vultures and Mesa Falcon from Legends were later issued errata to become birds as well. The type Bird was eventually solidified in the Grand Creature Type Update.
Aesthir are giant birds that were used by the Kjeldorans of Dominaria's Ice Age as flying mounts for their elite skyknights. Aesthir were highly prized by the Kjeldorans, with mistreatment or disrespect towards them being heavily frowned upon. They gradually became extinct after the Ice Age ended and their natural habitat disappeared. It is said that Oriel Kjeldos was the first to train an Aesthir, and that Márton Stromgald was the first to use them in combat against the goblins.
In Theros cranes are white aligned domesticated birds that fly into the battlefield to supply soldiers with weapons. In contrast, in the Plane of Mountains and Seas they are wild, red aligned fire breathing birds, albeit very distinct from the local phoenixes. Both seem to allude to mythology: cranes are depicted as "soldier-like" by Pliny the Elder, while in Chinese mythology the Vermilion Bird is a distinct entity from the Fenghuang (Phoenix).
Mesa Falcons are dangerous birds on Ulgrotha that visit the Serra Aviary. Serra's Falconers are able to communicate directly with the birds. Mardu Horde falconers train massive falcons – which apparently are also Rocs – as aerial steeds, often decorating them with their wing-like banners, giving them "a fearsome four-winged appearance".
Owls are predatory birds with distinctive flattened faces and, in some cases, paired tufts of feathers on their heads that resemble ears. Owls are sometimes kept as pets and familiars by wizards; some owls are also said to house the souls of deceased archamges. On Ravnica, some owls are kept as couriers and fiercely protect the mail they carry. During the War of the Spark, some of these owls joined in the battle against the Dreadhorde.
Strixes are a type of owl-like birds native to the Alaran shard of Esper. Strixes are aggressive predators. They were kept as pets by Esper's scullers, which used them to hunt down unpaying clients. During the Conflux, strixes found Grixis to be lacking in viable pray and instead migrated to Bant.
The Parea are large, flightless, carnivorous birds living in the east of Jamuraa. They were mostly wiped out in the civilized areas of the continent but remained a danger in the wastes where they would hunt in packs and prey on travelers. During the Keldon invasion of Jamuraa they were often found following the Keldon war barges looking for carrion and were therefore used to execute worthless prisoners, cowards, and traitors. The Darba are enormous relatives of the parea that would attack even well-armed Keldon encampments in search of food. They can grow upwards of twenty-five feet and are capable of picking up oxen in their beaks.
Perchers look nothing like normal birds, but more like flying squid. They were used by the Phyrexians and Rathi to relay messages across long distances, due to their parrot-like ability to memorize and repeat short phrases. New Phyrexia makes use of new types of bird. Most of them are White (Tine Shrike, Shriek Raptor).
Phoenixes are half-animal/half-elemental avians. They are capable of turning their body into fire and flame, and literally rising from their ashes, resurrecting themselves. They are seen on Dominaria in various fire-aligned regions (Shiv, Bogardan), Ravnica, Jund, and used to exist even on Rath. Some phoenixes are called firebirds.
Ravens are also a manifestation of the mysterious Raven Man.
Rukhs, also called "stonefeathers", are similar to phoenixes, except their base element is stone, not fire. They look like great vulture-like birds with leathery, dragon-like wings. They are native to Rabiah.
Vultures are a type of bird with dark feathers, long necks and featherless heads. They feed on carrion and, unlike other birds, are chiefly aligned with Black mana.
Creature types changed into Bird
Creature types changed into Bird include:
- Aesthir (Wild Aesthir)
- Albatross (Giant Albatross)
- Chicken / Rooster (Zodiac Rooster)
- Egg (Rukh Egg) (later reversed)
- Erne (Silver Erne)
- Falcon (Windreaper Falcon)
- Mana-Bird (Birds of Paradise)
- Pigeon (Carrier Pigeons)
- Roc (Crimson Roc)
- Vulture (Osai Vultures)
- Whippoorwill (Whippoorwill)
Other bird species included in the Bird type
Some examples of other bird species included in the Bird type:
- Baleful Strix
- Cloudchaser Kestrel
- Coveted Peacock
- Esper Cormorants
- Hunting Moa
- Hydromorph Gull
- Mercurial Kite
- Messenger Jays
- Mist Raven
- Moon Heron 
- Rainbow Crow
- River Hoopoe
- Sawtooth Loon
- Screeching Buzzard
- Skyshroud Condor
- Stormwatch Eagle
- Supply-Line Cranes
- Thieving Magpie
- Welkin Hawk
- New Capenna
|Token Name||Color||Type Line||P/T||Text Box||Source||Printings|
|Bird||Blue||Creature — Bird||1/1||Flying|
|Blue||Creature — Bird||1/1||Flying
This creature can block only creatures with flying.
|Blue||Creature — Bird||2/2||Flying|
|Blue||Enchantment Creature — Bird||2/2||Flying|
|Red||Creature — Bird||4/4||Flying|
|White||Creature — Bird||1/1||Flying|
|White||Creature — Bird||3/3||Flying|
|White||Creature — Bird||3/4||Flying|
|White/Blue||Creature — Bird||1/1||Flying|
|Bird Illusion||Blue||Creature — Bird Illusion||1/1||Flying|
|Bird Soldier||White||Creature — Bird Soldier||1/1||Flying|
|Cat Bird||White||Creature — Cat Bird||1/1||Flying|
|Elemental Bird||Blue||Creature — Elemental Bird||4/4||Flying|
|Aven Initiate||White||Creature — Zombie Bird Warrior||3/2||Flying|
|Aven Wind Guide||White||Creature — Zombie Bird Warrior||2/3||Flying, vigilance
Creature tokens you control have flying and vigilance.
|Oketra's Attendant||White||Creature — Zombie Bird Soldier||3/3||Flying|
|Token Name||Color||Type Line||P/T||Text Box||Source||Printings|
|Storm Crow||Blue||Creature — Bird||1/2||Flying|
- Aven Brigadier (also Soldiers)
- Kangee, Aerie Keeper - first Lord to grant something based on the number of counters (feather) on it
- Soraya the Falconer - first Lord to grant banding. Originally was a Falcon Lord but became a Bird Lord after the grand creature type update.
- Azorius Keyrune is a manstone that can become a 2/2 white and blue Bird artifact creature with flying.
- Bird Maidens are an all-female tribe of winged humans.
- Glint Hawk Idol can become a 2/2 Bird artifact creature with flying.
- Scale Birds are a technique used by artists to make a central figure look bigger.
- An Aven planeswalker was seen during the War of the Spark.
- Animal Sanctuary is a land that can put +1/+1 counters on birds.
- The Priority Avenger test card introduced Aven as its own creature type.
- In an alternate reality, Kamigawa was home to a race of red-aligned mountain-dwelling humanoid birds called tengu.
- Sage Owl
- Senate Courier
- Sky Theater Strix
- Tidehollow Strix
- Parasitic Strix
- Plover Knights
- The Book of Kith and Kin (archived)
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