Questions tagged [avian]

For questions about birds and birdlike creatures. Does not include machines designed for flying (consider [airships], [aircraft], [spaceships]). Consider also [flight].

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Air vehicles for birds

I want to make a race of sapient birds,they are starting their own industrial revolution. Is it possible for them to develop air vehicles even though they can fly without them??
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How effective/plausible is vibration sense in the air?

I am developing a fictional species of raptor or raptor-like bird, with incredible senses, for a fantasy setting. One element of their combined sensory picture that I thought of was the use of sensory ...
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Could falcons evolve to be flightless?

I am writing a science-fantasy book series for adolescents (or people aged from 10 to 24 years old if you want) about a weird creature called Céleste Bizarre. One of their friends is an ...
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How to tell bird people apart when their visual differences are more subtle?

One problem that fantasy suffers from is that it is hard for human viewers to differentiate between actual non-humans when the differences are subtle. I'm not talking about dwarves and elves, but ...
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In a society of bird people, what would the gender roles be, based off of bird society IRL?

In my worldbuilding project, I'm currently thinking about the society of my bird people. I like to put actual science (or "science") into my worldbuilding, and I'm trying to include as much ...
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How to make a bird/human hybrid language

In my world, through the work of magic, a group of humans were mutated into half-bird people. I've figured out most of the anatomy so I wanted to know how their speech would work. If it matters, ...
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Wild and Domesticated equivalent of a Chicken

I kinda want to write a story similar to the Warriors series, but with chickens. I sat down with a pen and paper and then realized, I need a different animal. Chickens just can't survive in the wild. ...
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Could birds evolve to become similar sizes to large theropods?

Birds are relatively small compared to other theropods. For example, the Moa, the largest known bird, is 12ft from head to toe, which is the same height as a T. rex at the hip. Two problems that I ...
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Which birds could replace pigeons as message carriers?

Pigeon post has a long tradition in human history. The first mentioned uses of pigeons as message carriers go back to ancient Egypt and proofs of their usage are found all over Europe, northern Africa ...
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What Is The Best Wing Design For A Giant Flying Animal

What wing design is best-suited for gigantic flying vertebrates, and why? The wing designs I'm considering are Bat Wings, Bird Wings, and Pterosaur Wings. I'm leaning towards Pterosaur simply because ...
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Is a four-winged bird with two wingpairs atop of each other feasible?

For my newly created fantasy world (for a self-written RPG) I want to design some not-as-usual animals to give my players some feeling of otherness. One of my ideas is that of a bird-like creature but ...
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Could penguins evolve to have fingers?

I've been trying to make a penguin-like humanoid race for a pretty long time now. I want to make them as realistic as possible. And I know such creatures could not exist in the real world, but I want ...
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More Human-Like Secretary Birds

So, I am dealing with a certain trouble that I'll need a help with. In my fantasy story, there is artificially formed species (magically created, but non-magic anatomy rules apply) of "humanized" ...
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Would it be possible for humans to fly with mechanical wings?

This is something I’m thinking about. Now, these would be wings that are not powered by the person themself, since we do not have the strength for it (and I don’t want to use legs). They’d be powered ...
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Adapting ostrich legs for climbing

I'm designing a fictional race of bird people with human level intelligence. They have 4 limbs, a slightly curved upright stance and roughly 2m in height. Their hands and feet have 4 digits, 2 of ...
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I want my gryphons and birdfolk to have facial expressions. How?

So, Both birdfolk and gryphons have a head structure, similar to that of birds of prey, i.e: forward facing eyes. Sure, the color of the plumage and the beak-type can vary, but one problem is still ...
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How CAN You Justify Melalo's Dorsal Casque?

This, ladies and gentlemen, is Melalo, described in the Book of Creatures website as "the oldest and most feared of Ana's children." His name literally means "filthy", "dirty&...
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How to extract a dream?

A dream or nightmare, are creatures extracted malevolently from dreaming beings (mainly humans) and resemble the Eurasian blue tit. The creatures' only desire is to return to a body by plunging its ...
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Penguins in the Not-Arctic, how would this affect the poor seals

In a not so different fantasy world, whose physics and thus are similar to our own how would including penguins affect the look and function of a typical arctic ecosystem. For the purposes of this ...
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Would giving human-like sentience to a bird make the bird too energy expensive to fly?

If hawks or eagles (or any creature that can fly like a hawk) had the same ability to pronounce words as parrots but also had consciousness (what I mean by that is that they can scout and describe the ...
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Maximum scale for “bumblebee” flight?

Bumblebees famously cannot fly under fixed wing aerodynamics--and they don't. Rather, they "row" the air, moving their wings back and forth and varying the pitch to push air down like a reciprocating ...
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What would be anatomy of a massive (magic)antigrav bird?

Imagine a massive bird, size even larger than pterosaur (Quetzalcoatlus), at about 300 kg. It's able to use a magic that allows it to make its bones have negative gravitational mass(but not negative ...
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How fast could a bird-like human fly under optimal conditions?

So I have a race of people who look mostly like humans, but share a lot of traits with birds, most notably: Wings placed midway down the back, roughly double their armspan (varies by species) Hollow, ...
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Can birds evolve without trees?

I wonder whether the birds or other flying animals heavier than air could evolve without trees of other protruding objects?
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The Giant Roc and Pulse Jet propulsion

I am currently in the process of making a world, and am trying to ground it in scientific fact as much as possible. The world is a hard magic setting, and while fantastical creatures exist, they are ...
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Keeping the dodos out of the field

About 100 people settled in a tropical area near a seashore five years ago. They've been feeding themselves by hunting and fishing, but now they're also trying to grow crops, including hemp and corn. ...
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Why would a bird have split wings?

On my world there is a creature that has a 'split' in the plumage of its wings and tail. Instead of having a singular D-shaped surface (when viewed from above, the bird facing to the left), it is ...
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Realistic Harry Potter Owls

The owls in the universe of Harry Potter can track down anyone who is not disguised by any spell. But even on the official site, things aren't really explained. Would there be an explainable way that ...
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Could a cockatrice have parasitic embryos?

I had an idea to make cockatrices "realistic" (as in make a bit more sense) for what ever reason the noble cockatrice has evolved to use other species eggs for its own. It does this by "sitting" on ...
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Uplifted animals have parts of their “brain” in various locations of their body. Where?

Looking at the case of Mike, I realized decentralizing the brain might not be infeasible. The idea is if Horus, the brown falcon, doesn't have enough room in his skull, then why not move various ...
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how would the osmoregulatory and excretory systems would be for a flying human [closed]

How would the excretory and osmoregulatory systems be for a flying human?
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How do sapient birds/theropods build their seats?

Thinking about the shape gets pretty weird. So my species has a more or less horizontal posture, pretty much a small sentient raptor. They can assume an 'upright' position, but only in the sense of a ...
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Could Argentavis be Ridden?

In my book series, there is a planet called Aurea that is home to all sorts of strange fauna. Not only does it have animals from the real world, but it also has prehistoric and mythical creatures as ...
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Could crystals grow on living things?

A friend and I are creating a magical bird that eats gemstones then uses them to form a thin coat of crystal armor over its body. Is there any way for this bird (or any living thing) to actually have ...
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Is the Avian species from the game Starbound plausible?

I apologize if this question is not written up to standards, I am rather new to this site. I have been an avid fan of chucklefish's acclaimed sandbox title, Starbound, for a number of years now and ...
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Campaign Warfare in Avian Species [closed]

For this avian species, imagine a race of Hoatzin-like animals, with gripping appendages on their wings. The birds generally live in nest groups, building large communal nests. They are also larger ...
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Avian adaptation to microgravity and low gravity environments

I like to hear the sound of birds when I travel amongst my orbital and planetary habitats scattered around the outer system. Most of these settlements are very densely populated - what you might ...
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A Raptorial Parrot

This scenario is based on the kea, the world's only alpine parrot. Even though it eats plants like other parrots, it also eats meat, and therefore could be New Zealand's answer to the smaller diurnal ...
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How would Levers or Switches look, in a world of Birds with expandable beaks?

So you may know Pokio from Mario Odyssey. If not: It's a more-or-less round bird with a cone shaped beak. it can "poke" it out (basically expanding/scaling it) as an attack. The bird climbs by ...
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Is there any natural material that could be used to make fireproof feathers?

The general idea I'm looking to support here is that of a bird that produces a natural grease/oil that covers its feathers, similar to real-world waterfowl. Assume the purpose of this oil is to be lit ...
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Metal-Feathered Macaw Viability Part 2: Best Wing Shape?

More posts from this thread are here: Metal-Feathered Macaw Viability Part 1: How Can It Fly? Info See this previous question to learn about the premise. We now know, via this amazing answer, that a ...
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How large would an African Grey Parrot have to be to be smarter than the average human? [closed]

African Grey Parrots are touted as the smartest genus of birds around, and have been shown to possess cognitive skills comparable to those of 4- to 6-year-old human children, in spite of only weighing ...
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The Crowman race to space!

In this answer https://worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/a/25219/50641 (to the attached question) one of their counter points was "oh, crows use tools, therefore, human advantage negated". That got me ...
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Could Crows be used for Recon

Unit Info: On a fallen world that has firearms and combustible fuels. Society is still advanced in a way, but is more tribal/feudal in nature. One nation has an armed order called the Iron Guard that ...
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What is the most effective use of phoenixes in battle? [closed]

Phoenixes are sentient - willing allies, rather than beasts to be used. The size of a mature phoenix is comparable to a teratorn. They can do the usual resurrection thing, but a phoenix fresh out of ...
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Four legs vs two legs

How would a four-legged bird's flight differ from a regular two-legged one? Would it be slower in flight but have more power taking off? The bird in question is modeled on a bird of prey. (four legs ...
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Speed of flying bird [closed]

If you had a bird which was large enough to ride, how fast could it fly? I need this information to work out the scale for my maps as i know how long it takes for one of the birds to fly from A to B.
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How will birds be different on a <1g world?

First, I guess the conditions of the world are in order. It's approximately 85% the mass of earth and there is going to be a full ecosystem with all the usual types of bugs, insects, trees, and ...
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Could a hexapodal bat actually fly?

Sequel to this question. Basically, I've been designing an intelligent avian race based on bats. After reading through some of the answers for the linked question, I've decided that these bats will ...
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What is the most useful adaptation of feathers for a bird living underground like a mole? [closed]

The specific bird in this instance is a kiwi, adapting to life underground as a mole like organism. Would their feathers grow finer and act as sensory hair like structures to "see" while digging? If ...