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{W} 37% {U} 35.5% {B} 7.1% {R} 2.7% {G} 3.3% {W/U} 5.3% {U/B} 1.2% {B/R} 0.3% {R/G} 0.3% {G/W} 0.6% {W/B} 0.6% {U/R} 0.3% {G/U} 0.6% {M} 2.1% {artifact symbol} 3.3%
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Bird is a catch-all creature type for animals characterized by having feathers, hollow bones, and wings. They are usually capable of flight.


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.



Main article: Aven

Aven are sentient, anthropomorphic bird folk found on several planes. Aven was introduced as a type on a test card but they remain birds in normal sets.


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.[1] On Ravnica, some owls are kept as couriers and fiercely protect the mail they carry.[2] During the War of the Spark, some of these owls joined in the battle against the Dreadhorde.[3]

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.[4] During the Conflux, strixes found Grixis to be lacking in viable pray and instead migrated to Bant.[5]


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.


The kithkin of Lorwyn train and ride large birds called plovers.[6][7]


Primocs are hybrids between birds and monkey-like beasts which were created by the Riptide Project. They have a natural inclination to serve wizards as familiars.


The Order of Midnight on Eldraine fly upon giant ravens.[8]

Ravens are also a manifestation of the mysterious Raven Man.


A Boros Roc rider of Ravnica

Rocs are humongous birds seen on Rabiah, Terisiare, Jamuraa, Ravnica and Tarkir. On Ravnica, the Boros use them as flying mounts for the Boros Legion.


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 Update[]

Creature types changed into Bird[]

Creature types changed into Bird include:

Other bird species included in the Bird type[]

Some examples of other bird species included in the Bird type:

Notable birds[]

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