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Birds are recurring Animals in The Legend of Zelda series.[1]


Common Bird[]

In Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons, the Know-It-All Birds provide Link with helpful tips about the gameplay.

In The Minish Cap, many birds live on the Fortress of Winds and on the Tower of Winds' roof. One of those birds, Zeffa, is a blue bird who can, similarly to the Flute Boy's pet, warp Link to any one of the 8 Wind Crests scattered across the overworld, when summoned by using the Ocarina of Wind.

A large bird from Spirit Tracks

In Twilight Princess, Hena and Coro each own a bird, named respectively Purdy and Trill. Trill runs a shop near the Forest Temple that sells Lantern Oil and Red Potion. The bird Plumm might belong to their sister, Iza, as Plumm can be found at the finish point of Iza's Rapids Ride.

In Spirit Tracks, Link can play the "Song of Birds" to summon birds (Cuccos included). The young hero can use his Whip to latch on the trapeze that Whip Birds [2] are holding, which allows him to be carried by the birds to certain areas. Also in this game, doves appear in Aboda Village and while riding the Spirit Train in the Forest Realm.

ALBW Blue Bird Model

In A Link Between Worlds, birds are found along with squirrels in the Sacred Grove, and gathering around the Bird Lover under a bridge. These birds are found in the colors blue, yellow, and pink. They fly away when Link gets close. In the ending, several birds and squirrels are seen gathering around Gulley in the Haunted Grove.

In Tri Force Heroes, pink, yellow, and a rarer blue bird appear in the town of Hytopia. They are slightly smaller than the variety found in A Link Between Worlds. They tend to flock in small groups and will fly away when approached. Mimi believes that if a picture of a blue bird is taken, everyone who sees the picture will be happy.[3] However, there is no significance to this. The Street Merchant will pay Link more for Materials if he has seen a blue bird.


Main article: Cucco
A Cucco

Cuccos made their first appearance in A Link to the Past and are among the first animals introduced in the series. Cuccos make their return in Link's Awakening, and in most games since. The Flying Rooster introduced the concept of Cucco Gliding.

Cuccos made their first 3D appearance in Ocarina of Time. A Cucco is essentially the Hylian version of a chicken. This game also included the concept of Cucco gliding, actually requiring Link to make use of this mechanic to find all of the Cucco Lady's Cuccos. Cuccos have had many uses throughout The Legend of Zelda series, sometimes comical, such as in Majora's Mask, where they are used as a getaway escape by the Bombers.

Cucco chicks from Majora's Mask

In The Minish Cap, the chicks inside Anju's house will bite at Link when he is Minish-sized. One, however, will not, and perches on top of Swiftblade's dojo; Link can Fuse Kinstones with this Cucco chick if he is Minish-sized.

Cuccos have appeared in the following games: A Link to the Past, Link's Awakening, Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, Oracle of Ages, Oracle of Seasons, Four Swords Adventures, The Minish Cap, Twilight Princess, Phantom Hourglass, Spirit Tracks, A Link Between Worlds, Tri Force Heroes, and Breath of the Wild.


Main article: Dove
A dove on Link's head

Doves are common all throughout Hyrule in Spirit Tracks. They largely replace the Seagulls from Phantom Hourglass and behave similarly, although they are more interactive than the seagulls were. Using the Song of Birds near one will cause it to fly and land on Link's head. It will stay on his head until Link rolls, spin attacks, or hits something hard with his sword.


Main article: Duck
The Flute Boy's Duck

In A Link to the Past, when Link plays the flute nearby the Weathercock in the center of Kakariko Village, the Flute Boy's duck will appear from inside the statue. If Link plays the flute again, the bird will appear and transport him to one of 8 different locations in the Light World.

Ducks are found in Ordon Village and in the Fishing Hole in Twilight Princess. They can either be found swimming in the pond or walking along the banks.


Link calls a Hawk in Ordon Village


TP Hawk Model

In Twilight Princess, Link can blow into Hawk Grass in order to summon a hawk, which he can use to solve certain puzzles. The hawk can be aimed and released to retrieve faraway objects or attack enemies. After this, the hawk will fly away, but it can be called on again if need be. If Link calls on the hawk as a Wolf, the Hawk will be able to point out secrets in the area. At the beginning of Link's quest, it is necessary to summon a hawk to get Uli's crib back from a monkey.


OoT Kaepora Gaebora Artwork
Main article: Owl

A mysterious Owl first appears in Link's Awakening to share his words of wisdom with Link.

Kaepora Gaebora is the name given to the wise owl from Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, and Four Swords Adventures.


TWW Seagull Figurine Model
Main article: Seagull

Link can control seagulls in The Wind Waker using a Hyoi Pear. At the Forsaken Fortress, several of them circle around the window of the room in which Aryll is being held captive. They sometimes fly alongside the King of Red Lions, Link's boat.

In Phantom Hourglass, Seagulls return mainly to add atmosphere while traveling by sea. They will follow Linebeck's Ship in groups of four. If Link shoots one of them with the cannon, they will all flee.


Main article: Loftwing

In Skyward Sword, all the inhabitants of Skyloft are paired up with a large, rideable bird known as a Loftwing. Link has a Crimson Loftwing, a breed previously thought extinct, which he can use to fly around in between the various islands in the Sky. Loftwings are a necessary part of life in Skyloft, seen when Groose and his henchmen, Cawlin and Strich, steal and hide Link's Loftwing.


Main article: Chirri

Chirris are small Birds that can be found on the Surface in places such as Faron Woods. There are three varieties: yellow, orange and blue.

Non-Canon Appearances[]

Oracle of Ages (Himekawa)[]

A Bird listens to Nayru as she sings and strums the Harp of Ages.



  1. Encyclopedia, Dark Horse Books, pg. 98 (Series)
  2. The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia
  3. "Hey! Have you seen a blue bird? Mimi hears if you take a picture of a blue bird, everyone who sees it will be happy! Teehee!" — Mimi (Tri Force Heroes)