For the special Parrot in the Shipwrecked DLC, see Parrot Pirate.

Does that mean winter is gone?

Wilson, when examining the Redbird after winter.

Birds are passive Mobs. They can be found in every biome during the Day and Dusk. They fly down from off-screen and peck the ground for a few moments, then fly away. When they take flight, there is a chance that Seeds are left behind, unless it's Winter. Birds will also be attracted to Seeds left on the ground. If the player or most other mobs get too close, birds will be frightened away.

When killed, birds drop a Morsel or a Feather, and all other birds nearby will fly away. They are considered innocent creatures and killing them directly adds points to the player's naughtiness level, which causes Krampus to appear. Killing a Crow adds 1 point to the player's naughtiness level while killing a Redbird or Snowbird adds 2 points to the player's naughtiness level.

Gift Icon.png Downloadable Content[edit | edit source]

In all DLCs, Birds inside the player's inventory will starve in 2 days unless they are fed Seeds.

Don't Starve Together icon.png Don't Starve Together[edit | edit source]

In Don't Starve Together, birds can drop a variety of basic resources instead of seeds to help new players when they fly away. If the world is younger than 3 days, seeds will drop instead of other items. These common items are randomly chosen, and a given item won't drop if there is already a type of the same item within a radius of 2 tiles. Items will also not drop if 2 of same type of items are within a radius of 5 tiles. The item depends on the age of the oldest player within a 5 tiles radius:

Player age Birds Item
< 1 day Seeds.png13%, Flint.png3.5%, Twigs.png2.3%, Cut Grass.png1.2%
1 day Seeds.png15%, Flint.png2.5%, Twigs.png1.7%, Cut Grass.png0.8%
2 days Seeds.png17%, Flint.png1.5%, Twigs.png1%, Cut Grass.png0.5%
≤ 20 days* Seeds.png20%
≤ 1 year Seeds.png16%
> 1 year Seeds.png12%

*The actual value is the duration of Autumn, which is 20 days in the default settings.

Spear.png Hunting[edit | edit source]

Birds can be caught using a Bird Trap. Placing the trap on the ground will eventually catch a bird even without bait. Adding bait such as Seeds or Berries will greatly decrease the time it takes to catch one. They can be Murdered by right-clicking them in inventory to produce a Feather or Morsel, or be cooked on a fire for a Cooked Morsel. Birds in the player's inventory can be dropped on the ground and will flop on the ground belly-up for a short while before flying off. They can also be imprisoned in Bird Cages.

Hunting Birds requires a ranged weapon such as a Boomerang. Birds will not land within melee range (even if bait is placed on the ground) and will fly away when the player approaches. However, if they are put to sleep when using characters with a normal damage modifier, they can be killed in 1 hit with a sufficient melee weapon.

If a bird is in flight while in range of a sleeping item's effect, it will plummet to the ground and can be picked up as an item.

Wearing a Feather Hat will increase the number of Birds spawning as well as decreasing the time between spawns. Using Birds of the World (while playing as Wickerbottom) will also cause a large number of them to land.

One can send a Smallbird to attack a Bird. This can be done without the bird getting frightened and without raising naughtiness.

They take one blast from the Ice Staff to be frozen and one Sleep Dart to be put to sleep.

Summary[edit | edit source]

Bird Name DLC Loot
Crow.png Crow Morsel.png50%, Jet Feather.png50%
Redbird.png Redbird Morsel.png50%, Crimson Feather.png50%
Snowbird.png Snowbird Morsel.png50%, Azure Feather.png50%
Parrot.png Parrot Shipwrecked icon.png Morsel.png50%, Crimson Feather.png50%
Seagull.png Seagull Shipwrecked icon.png Morsel.png50%, Azure Feather.png50%
Toucan.png Toucan Shipwrecked icon.png Morsel.png50%, Jet Feather.png50%
Cormorant.png Cormorant Shipwrecked icon.png Morsel.png50%, Jet Feather.png50%
Kingfisher.png Kingfisher Hamlet icon.png Morsel.png50%, Azure Feather.png50%
Parrot (Hamlet).png Parrot (Hamlet) Hamlet icon.png Morsel.png50%, Crimson Feather.png50%
Pigeon Hamlet.png Pigeon Hamlet icon.png Morsel.png50%, Azure Feather.png50%
Canary.png Canary Don't Starve Together icon.png Morsel.png91%, Saffron Feather.png9%
Canary (Volatile).png Canary (Volatile) Don't Starve Together icon.png Saffron Feather.png×1-2 in cave
Saffron Feather.png×5-6 at surface
Puffin.png Puffin Don't Starve Together icon.png Morsel.png50%, Jet Feather.png50%
Pigeon.png Pigeon Don't Starve Together icon.png Meat Scraps.png×1

Bird List[edit | edit source]

Crow[edit | edit source]

WX-78 Portrait.png


Waxwell Portrait.png
Shhhh... My pretty.

Maxwell, when held.

Crows are birds that appear in any season and are common in most biomes.

Redbird[edit | edit source]

Warly Portrait.png
Good afternoon, sir or madam!


Wolfgang Portrait.png
Is happy bird in pocket.

Wolfgang, when held.

Redbirds appear only in Summer and land mostly on Grassland. In the Reign of Giants DLC as well as Don't Starve Together, Redbirds will also appear in Autumn and Spring.

Snowbird[edit | edit source]

Wickerbottom Portrait.png
A winter coat for the Cardinalis? How peculiar!


Webber Portrait.png
We will name it Francis.

Webber, when held.

Snowbirds appear only in Winter and land mostly on Grassland.

Parrot Shipwrecked icon.png[edit | edit source]

Warly Portrait.png
I can't recall any parrot recipes...


In the Shipwrecked DLC, Parrots replace Redbirds, in that they will drop the same type of feather. Parrots will only spawn and land on Jungle Turf.

Seagull Shipwrecked icon.png[edit | edit source]

Woodie Portrait.png
Vermin of the sky.


Wendy Portrait.png
As if it weren't bad enough they foul the air.

Wendy, while in water.

In the Shipwrecked DLC, Seagulls replace Snowbirds, in that they will drop the same type of feather. Seagulls can be encountered at the Ocean. Seagulls are the only birds that appear, spawning on the ground with no Turf instead of the Ocean during Hurricane Season. Unlike any other birds, Seagulls are omnivores. They can eat food left on the ground and Ocean. During Hurricane Season, they can pick Limpet Rocks, too.

Toucan Shipwrecked icon.png[edit | edit source]

WX-78 Portrait.png


In the Shipwrecked DLC, Toucans replace Crows, in that they will drop the same type of feather. Toucans will spawn and land on most turfs, similar to Crows.

Cormorant Shipwrecked icon.png[edit | edit source]

Warly Portrait.png
The caviar delivery service.


Cormorants can be encountered in the Shallow Ocean. They drop Roe instead of Seeds and eat Roe left on Ocean.

Kingfisher Hamlet icon.png[edit | edit source]

Webber Portrait.png
For such a small bird he sure does have a big beak.


The Kingfisher spawns and lands on most turfs, and unlike other birds, it can eat both Meats and Seeds. In addition, it has a chance to drop Fish instead of Seeds.

Parrot Hamlet icon.png[edit | edit source]

Walani Portrait.png
Beautiful plumage, parrot-dude!


In the Hamlet DLC, there is also a blue variety of the Parrot, which drops Crimson Feathers and land on all kinds of Rainforest.

Pigeon Hamlet icon.png[edit | edit source]

Wilson Portrait.png
It's only carrying a couple diseases.


The Pigeon only lands at the Flat Stone Turf, usually in groups.

Canary Don't Starve Together icon.png[edit | edit source]

WX-78 Portrait.png


Wickerbottom Portrait.png
Serinus canaria. We ought never enter a cave without one.

Wickerbottom, when held.

In Don't Starve Together, Canaries spawn instead of Crows near Friendly Scarecrows. It has a 9% chance of dropping Saffron Feathers when killed.

When placed in a Bird Cage in Caves while the Toadstool is alive, the Canary gets poisoned after 6-12 minutes, giving a Canary (Volatile).

Canary (Volatile) Don't Starve Together icon.png[edit | edit source]

Webber Portrait.png
Uh, are you feeling okay?


When placed in a Bird Cage in Caves while the Toadstool is alive, the Canary gets poisoned after 6-12 minutes, giving a Canary (Volatile).

The player can then take the bird back on the surface and free it. The Canary then drops 5-6 Saffron Feathers and flies away. Dropping a volatile Canary on the ground in the Caves will make it explode and drop 1-2 Saffron Feathers. The explosion can turn a nearby Toadstool into a Misery Toadstool. Murdering a volatile Canary only drops 1 Rot. Volatile Canaries can also be used to craft Napsacks.

Puffin Don't Starve Together icon.png[edit | edit source]

Wigfrid Portrait.png
Cutest flying meat.


Wolfgang Portrait.png
You is small, feather friend.

Wolfgang, when held.

Wendy Portrait.png
It slumbers soundly.

Wendy, when sleeping.

Puffins were added in Return of Them and behave identically to other Birds, but will only spawn on the Ocean.

Pigeon (The Gorge) Don't Starve Together icon.png[edit | edit source]

Wendy Portrait.png
Would you like to be a pie, little bird?


Pigeons are an exclusive bird Mob found in The Gorge event for DST. They can be caught with Bird Traps that can be purchased from Billy for five Old Coins. Alternatively, they can be purchased alive from Billy for three Old Coins. Pigeons can be Murdered to yield one Meat Scrap which can be used in a variety of recipes to satiate The Gnaw.

Icon Tools.png Usage[edit | edit source]

Fire Pit.png
Cooked Morsel.png
Fire Pit.png
Cooked Morsel.png
Fire Pit.png
Cooked Morsel.png
Fire Pit.png
Cooked Morsel.png
Shipwrecked icon.png
Fire Pit.png
Cooked Morsel.png
Shipwrecked icon.png
Parrot Pirate.png
Fire Pit.png
Cooked Morsel.png
Shipwrecked icon.png
Fire Pit.png
Cooked Morsel.png
Shipwrecked icon.png
Fire Pit.png
Cooked Morsel.png
Shipwrecked icon.png
Fire Pit.png
Cooked Morsel.png
Hamlet icon.png
Parrot (Hamlet).png
Fire Pit.png
Cooked Morsel.png
Hamlet icon.png
Pigeon Hamlet.png
Fire Pit.png
Cooked Morsel.png
Hamlet icon.png
Fire Pit.png
Cooked Morsel.png
Don't Starve Together icon.png
Fire Pit.png
Cooked Morsel.png
Don't Starve Together icon.png


Pirate Hat.png
Science Machine.png
Shipwrecked icon.png
Canary (Volatile).png
Shroom Skin.png
Blueprint (rare).png


Don't Starve Together icon.png
Dark Petals.png
Sanity Decrease.png


Mad Scientist Lab.png
Dram of Psychic Fortitude.png
Don't Starve Together icon.pngOnly during Hallowed Nights event

Prototype.png Tips[edit | edit source]

  • When bait-trapping Birds for their Feathers, players should make sure to do so on Turf in which specific Birds will spawn, so that they get specific Feathers. Redbirds and Snowbirds spawn most commonly on Grass Turf, while Crows spawn on Rocky Turf and all player-made turfs.
  • If one can manage to bring a Damaged Bishop from the Ruins, their ranged blasts are an effective tool to hunt birds without expending resources on Bird Traps or Boomerangs.
  • If the player doesn't want any Feathers from the Birds, cooking them alive provides a guaranteed Cooked Morsel.
  • If the player character has a damage modifier < 1, Boomerangs will not kill birds with one hit, allowing them to flee. Alternatively, the player can use an Ice Staff to freeze the bird then use melee to kill them.

Placeholder.png Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Before the Naughty and Nice update, the Redbird was called "Red Bird".
  • Cormorants were added to SW more than a year after its official completion in the Home Sea Home update, after being tested in a beta branch for several months.
  • Canaries were introduced in the Warts and All update.
  • Puffins were introduced in the Turn of Tides update.
  • Meat such as Morsels previously attracted Crows. However, Morsels can no longer be used as a bait in traps and will not attract Crows to their location.
  • The Snowbird is referenced as a "Winter Robin" or "Junco" in game files. A Junco is a small North American bird, unrelated to the robin.
  • The Snowbird's coloration and crest are reminiscent of the Blue Jay (a member of the crow's family, Corvidae).
  • The red parrot appears to be based on the green-winged macaw.
  • The Toucan appears to be based in part on yellow-throated toucans.
  • The Redbird is referenced as "Robin" in game files, and uses real-life robin sounds, but the artwork is inspired by a Cardinal.
  • Woodie strongly dislikes birds. He says they are evil and should be punished.
  • Maxwell mentions that he doesn't know how the Crows got to the island and does not recognize the Snowbird. He says that the Redbird comes from "the fire lands", possibly meaning that there are other worlds in the Constant.
    • It is revealed in the animated short C’est La Vie that crows were unintentionally brought into the Constant along with Wes.
  • Corvus brachyrhynchos, the Crow's name referred to by Wickerbottom, is a scientific name for the real-life American Crow.
    • If all the crows in the Constant are descended from the ones brought along with Wes, and the animated short C’est La Vie takes place in France, then the crows would most likely actually be Corvus corone, or Carrion Crows, which are native to western Europe. However, it is possible that Wickerbottom simply mistook them, as the most distinguishable difference between these two species is their call.
  • Crows have a lower Naughtiness level than the other birds. This might be due to the common belief of Crows representing bad omens.
  • In RoG, upon examination of a Redbird, Wilson will say, "Does that mean winter is gone?" instead of "Does that mean spring is coming?".
  • Parrot Pirates, upon being caught, will have a name and will occasionally speak from the inventory as red text appearing above the player's head.
  • When stunned, Birds can be stolen by Prime Apes and stored in their inventories.
  • Real-life canaries are extremely sensitive to oxygen deprivation. In-game Canaries getting poisoned when in caves is a reference to their historical use, warning miners that air was running out by dying.
  • Cardinalis (what Wickerbottom calls the Redbird) is a genus of cardinal in the family Cardinalidae.
  • Pigeons in Hamlet have different sprites than Pigeons from The Gorge.
  • A red version of the Blue Parrot is seen in the animated short Lunar Roots, however they cannot be found in game.
  • Puffins are the only birds that doesn't sink when dropped in th ocean in Don't Starve Together icon.png.

Mosquito.png Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • If SW is installed, on a RoG world, Redbirds may spawn during Winter. Birds may also drop Seeds during Winter.
  • Birds can sometimes "land on" objects and mobs that are otherwise obstacles, such as Campfires, the Pig King or the Lake.

Blueprint.png Gallery[edit | edit source]

Hostile Creatures BatiliskCave SpiderClockwork Bishop (Damaged) • Clockwork Rook (Damaged) • Clockwork Knight (Damaged) • Dangling Depth DwellerDepths WormEwecusFrogGuardian PigGhostShadow CreatureHound (RedBlue) • Killer BeeLureplantMacTuskMermMosquitoSpiderSpider WarriorSpitterTallbirdTentacle (Big TentacleBaby Tentacle) • Wee MacTusk
(VargBirchnutterPoison Birchnut Tree Reign of Giants icon.png) (Crocodog (BlueYellow) • DragoonFloaty Boaty KnightFlupPirate GhostPoison MosquitoSnakePoison SnakeSea HoundSpider Warrior (Venomous)Stink RaySwordfishWhite Whale Shipwrecked icon.png) (Ancient SpiritGiant GrubGnat SwarmHanging VineIron HulkMantMasked PigPoison DartfrogScorpionSnaptoothSpider MonkeyVampire BatViperWeevole Hamlet icon.png) (Clay HoundClay VargCookie CutterGem DeerGrumble BeeHorror HoundLavaeMoonrock PengullShadow PiecesShattered SpiderRockjawNaked Mole BatAncient Sentrypede Don't Starve Together icon.png)
Boss Monsters Ancient GuardianDeerclopsSpider QueenTreeguard
(BeargerDragonflyMoose/Goose Reign of Giants icon.png) (QuackenSealnadoTiger Shark Shipwrecked icon.png) (Palm Treeguard Shipwrecked icon.pngHamlet icon.png) (Ancient HeraldLarge Iron HulkQueen WomantPugalisk Hamlet icon.png) (Bee QueenKlausMalbatrossReanimated SkeletonToadstoolLord of the Fruit FliesCelestial Champion Don't Starve Together icon.png)
Neutral Animals BeeBeefaloBunnyman (Beardlord) • KoalefantKrampusPengullPig (Werepig) • Rock LobsterSnurtleSlurtleSmallish TallbirdSplumonkey
(BuzzardCatcoonMoslingVolt Goat Reign of Giants icon.png) (Blue WhaleBottlenose BallphinPrime ApeWater BeefaloWildbore Shipwrecked icon.png) (Elder MandrakeHippopotamooseMantPikoPlatapinePog Hamlet icon.png) (GnarwailSaladmanderSkittersquidSea WeedMush Gnome Don't Starve Together icon.png)
Passive Animals Baby BeefaloButterflyChesterCrowGobblerMandrakeRabbit (Beardling) • RedbirdSmallbirdSnowbird
(GlommerMoleworm Reign of Giants icon.png) (CormorantCrabbit (Beardling) • DogfishDoydoyFishermermJellyfishPackim BaggimsParrot PirateRainbow JellyfishSeagullSealSharkittenWobster Shipwrecked icon.png) (ParrotToucan Shipwrecked icon.pngHamlet icon.png) (Dung BeetleKingfisherPangoldenParrot (Blue)PeagawkPigeonRo BinThunderbird Hamlet icon.png) (CanaryCarratExtra-Adorable LavaeGrass GekkoHutchMoon MothNo-Eyed DeerPuffinWoven Shadow Don't Starve Together icon.png)
Traders Pig King
(Yaarctopus Shipwrecked icon.png) (BankerBeauticianCollectorEruditeFarmerFloristHatmakerHunterMinerMayor TrufflestonPig QueenProfessorShopkeepUsherWorker Hamlet icon.png) (Antlion Don't Starve Together icon.png)
Other AbigailCharlieMaxwell
(BFBMaxameleon Hamlet icon.png) (BernieCrittersGestaltWoby Don't Starve Together icon.png)
The Forge Don't Starve Together icon.png Battlemaster PugnaBoarillaCrocommanderGrand Forge BoarriorInfernal SwineclopsMagma GolemPit PigRhinocebroScorpeonSnortoise
The Gorge Don't Starve Together icon.png BillyMumsyOld BeefaloPebble CrabPigeonPiptonSammySwamp PigSwamp Pig Elder
Items and Structures dropped by Mobs
Edible Items Batilisk WingButterButterfly WingsDeerclops EyeballDrumstickFishFrog LegsGuardian's HornGlow BerryHoneyLeafy MeatLight BulbMandrakeMeatMonster MeatMorselPhlegm
(Electric MilkGlommer's Goop Reign of Giants icon.png) (BananaBlubberDead DogfishDead JellyfishDead Rainbow JellyfishDead SwordfishDead WobsterDragoon HeartEye of the Tiger SharkFish MorselRaw FishTropical FishShark Fin Shipwrecked icon.png) (Coconut Shipwrecked icon.pngHamlet icon.png) (Flytrap StalkNectarPoison Dartfrog Legs Hamlet icon.png) (Carrot SeedsDragon FruitIceMoon Moth WingsRoyal Jelly Don't Starve Together icon.png)
Crafting Resources AshesAzure FeatherBeard HairBeefalo HornBeefalo WoolBlue GemBunny PuffCharcoalCrimson FeatherFlintGearsHound's ToothJet FeatherLiving LogMosquito SackNightmare FuelPig SkinPurple GemRed GemRocksSilkSlurtle SlimeSlurper PeltSpider GlandSteel WoolStingerTentacle SpotsThulecite FragmentsWalrus Tusk
(Cat TailDown FeatherGlommer's WingsScalesThick FurVolt Goat Horn Reign of Giants icon.png) (Dorsal FinDoydoy FeatherDubloonsEmpty BottleHornMagic SealObsidianQuacken BeakShark GillsTurbine Blades Shipwrecked icon.png) (SnakeskinVenom Gland Shipwrecked icon.pngHamlet icon.png) (ChitinDark TattersHippopotamoose AntlerInfused IronIron OrePeagawk PlumePlatapine QuillPig Skin?Pugalisk SkullThunder FeatherRopeVineWeevole Carapace Hamlet icon.png) (Cookie Cutter ShellCut GrassDesert StoneFur TuftHoneycombMalbatross FeatherMourning GlorySaffron FeatherShroom Skin Don't Starve Together icon.png)
Loot Blow DartBlueprintFleshy BulbKrampus SackOrnate ChestSpider EggsShelmetSnurtle Shell ArmorSpiderhatTam o' ShanterTentacle Spike
(Webber's Skull Reign of Giants icon.png) (Booty BagChest of the DepthsEyeshotHarpoonIron KeyTarnished CrownYellow Mosquito Sack Shipwrecked icon.png) (Snake Oil Shipwrecked icon.pngHamlet icon.png) (Bandit Stash MapHalberdPetrifying BonesRoyal CrownSnake BoneSpoiled FishSwashy HatTorch Hamlet icon.png) (Bee Queen CrownBone HelmBone ArmorChilled LavaeDeer AntlerFossil FragmentsGnarwail HornLavae EggMalbatross BillRoseShadow AtriumShadow ThuribleSketchStag Antler Don't Starve Together icon.png)
Indirect BeeBeefalo WoolButterflyCrowFirefliesGuanoManureRedbirdSeedsSnowbirdRabbitMosquito
(Glommer's Goop Reign of Giants icon.png) (Moleworm Reign of Giants icon.pngHamlet icon.png) (Bile-Covered SlopBioluminescenceCormorantCrabbitJellyfishParrot PirateRainbow JellyfishRoeSeagullToucanWobster Shipwrecked icon.png) (ParrotToucan Shipwrecked icon.pngHamlet icon.png) (Gold NuggetGlowflyKingfisherOrange PikoParrot (Blue)PigeonPiko Hamlet icon.png) (CanaryCut GrassPuffin Don't Starve Together icon.png)
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