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Birds are part of every game in the Age of Empires series. Most of them are background elements or decoys, not affecting the game in the slightest. Some birds, like the Turkey from Age of Empires II and Age of Empires III, are sources of food.

ReturnRome-AoEIcon Age of Empires[]

Birds in Age of Empires are decorative Gaia units that fly continuously around the map, unimpeded by obstacles. The following birds appear in the original and Definitive Edition of Age of Empires:

  • Eagle
  • Hawk

In The Rise of Rome, birds can be hunted down by a Villager, but not by any other unit. Once the animal is killed, it creates an impact similar to a crashing projectile of a siege weapon. The birds have 4 hit points but do not yield any food.

From the Definitive Edition onwards, birds are completely non-interactive: they can't be selected or hunted.

Cheats[]

If cheat codes are enabled, it is possible to take command of all Gaia units by entering gaia in the chat box. This includes birds, which can't interact with anything else, but provide Line of Sight. In the original version of the game, they can be commanded to move to an area, although this can take some time as they have a wide turning circle. After reaching the destination, they continue flying in the usual pattern. Birds can't be controlled from the Definitive Edition onwards, because they can't be selected, but can still provide Line of Sight.

A cheat code added in Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome is king arthur, which turns all birds into Dragons. Dragons can't be hunted by Villagers, and move much faster. With the gaia cheat code, they provide no Line of Sight, but can still be controlled like other birds in the original version of the game.

Return of Rome[]

Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition - Return of Rome replaces the existing birds with those from Age of Empires II, with their stats from that game. It also has a different version of the Dragon, which has new graphics, the same stats as all other bird units, and can be placed in the Scenario Editor.

Trivia[]

  • In the original and Definitive Edition game data, the Hawk's animations are labelled as "pigeon", and the design appears closer to a pigeon than to a hawk.
  • In the original, the Eagle was based upon the bald eagle, which is exclusively found in North America, despite the Eurasian setting of the game. In the Definitive Edition, its design was changed to the more accurate American-Eurasian golden eagle.

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AoE2-DLCicon-0 Age of Empires II[]

Once again, certain flying birds make their appearance in the second game, and are completely non-interactable. The following decorative birds appear in Age of Empires II:

  • AoE2 DE falcon icon Falcon
  • AoE2 DE hawk icon Hawk
  • AoE2 DE macaw icon Macaw
  • AoE2 DE falcon icon Seagulls
  • AoE2 DE stork icon Stork
  • AoE2 DE vulture Vulture

They are all available in the Scenario Editor and have 1 HP. They cannot be targeted, though killing them with triggers still plays an explosion, exactly like the Petard's explosion. Before the Definitive Edition, a distinct and bigger explosion was used for the birds.

Unlike in the first game, three birds are edible: the Turkey and the Goose as herdable animals, and the Ostrich as a huntable. The Turkey essentially fulfills the role of Sheep on American maps (sometimes accompanied or replaced by the Llama), the Goose appears on some winter-themed maps, and the Ostrich appears on African maps.

Age of Empires II also features a military bird unit: The Penguin. It is an infantry unit that can only be obtained in the Scenario Editor, as an easter egg in the Vinlandsaga scenario, or by entering the cheat code 'i don't exist'.

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Aom original icon Age of Mythology[]

In Age of Mythology, non-edible birds are more interactive, as they count as units and can be killed on some occasions, most notably when a Zeus player invokes Lightning Storm. These birds include Hawks and Vultures, which appear on snowy/grassland and desert maps, respectively. On the other hand, Seagulls are set as embellishment objects, not as units. Tale of the Dragon introduced Parrots that appear in Jungle maps, as well as eagles to be used as an alternative to hawks.

  • AoM Hawk Icon Eagle
  • AoM Hawk Icon Hawk
  • AoM Hawk Icon Parrot
  • AoM Vulture Icon Vulture

Not unlike Age of Empires II, two edible birds make their appearance; the Chicken and the Crowned Crane, both as huntables. Tale of the Dragon also introduces Ducks, which are similar to Chickens. The Domestication technology, available to followers of Fu Xi, increases the gather rate for Ducks and Chickens by 30%, making this the only technology that affects the gather rate for specific huntables.

Harpies (appearing on maps set in the Underworld, such as Erebus or River Styx) also interact similarly to Vultures and Hawks but count as monsters rather than birds.

Originally Harpies were intended to be Hades' unique scout (appearing as the Harpy Scout in the Tale of the Dragon Scenario Editor) and Vultures as Egyptian flying scouts.

Vulture Scout[]

Myth unit. Flying Scout. Has no attack. Can only be attacked by ranged units.

The Vulture is also a Scenario Editor-exclusive myth unit, which differs from the regular Vulture, as it can be controlled by a player and used for gaining Line of Sight. It cannot attack, but can be attacked by ranged units and damaged by god powers. Another similar unit exists in the Scenario Editor with the name Harpy.

Trivia[]

  • The Hawk has two texture maps in Age of Mythology, one (Animal Hawk.ddt) is used in the game, and one (Animal Hawk Map.ddt) is a leftover from development.
  • The Hawk was also intended at one point to be selectable, due to the presence of an icon, however, it does not have a history file associated with it.
  • The Eagle was originally intended to appear in Age of Mythology, but was removed before release. It was re-added in Tale of the Dragon.
    • The Eagle in Age of Mythology was also based upon the bald eagle, which is exclusively found in North America, despite the Eurasian setting of the game.

3Icon48px Age of Empires III[]

Rheas

A herd of Rheas, found in Patagonia

Apart from two edible birds, the Rhea and the Turkey, the game also features an enormous variety of decorative birds, whose appearance varies on the featured maps, often their native habitats. It should be noted that they technically count as units, and can be moved around in the Editor, but are otherwise non-interactable and cannot be hunted.

These birds are non-edible and only serve decorative purposes; they are all available in various maps and are also provided in the Scenario Editor:

  • Bar-Headed Goose Bar-Headed Goose*
    • Bar-Headed Goose Flock of Bar-Headed Geese*
  • Blackbird flock*
  • Vulture AoE 3 Flock of Buzzards*
  • Canadian Goose Canada Goose*
    • Canadian Goose Flock of Geese*
  • Eagle AoE 3 Condor*
  • Duck
    • Eagle AoE 3 Flock of Ducks*
  • Eagle AoE 3 Eagle*
  • Falcon AoE 3 Falcon*
  • Bar-Headed Goose Flock of Flamingos*
  • Hawk*
  • Kingfisher
  • Macaw AoE 3 Macaw*
  • Macaw AoE 3 Parrot*
  • Macaw AoE 3 Seagull*
  • Snowy Owl*
  • Bar-Headed Goose Stork
  • Bar-Headed Goose Flock of Storks*
  • Swan
  • Vulture AoE 3 Vulture*

The birds marked with a * have 20 hit points and 6.0 speed in-game.

Concerning the edible birds, it should be noted that Turkeys provide 500 food, and are easily killed by a Blunderbuss-boosted Settler, so it is recommended to prefer Turkeys, rather than foraging Berry Bushes or hunting Capybaras on maps that have them (such as Yucatán or Caribbean).

Rheas on the other hand provide 400 food and are found in large herds, similarly to most huntables, such as Deer.

A unit called "Bird" (with the appearance of three black birds on the ground) is introduced in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties but appears only in campaign cinematics, usually to fly away when disturbed by coming human units. When selected in the Editor, however, the bird is revealed to have the Turkey's icon and 400 food.

Trivia[]

  • There are unused texture files for a fourth variant of Macaw/Parrot (macaw04.ddt), which resembles a Hyacinth macaw. It can be enabled via modding.

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GameIcon-AoE4 Age of Empires IV[]

Scoutingfalcon anim AoE4

A Mongol Khan releasing a Scouting Falcon to spy on an enemy town

Unlike previous games, Age of Empires IV does not feature decorative birds that fly across the map. Nonetheless, two types of birds do appear as embellishments, and one as a special ability. Flocks of seagulls can be seen flying over shoals of Fish, helping to mark their location. Chickens also appear as a decorative element in one of the Dark and Feudal Age House models for most civilizations, though these lack an animation. Finally, the Mongol Khan and Scout can a release a Scouting Falcon that temporarily provides Line of Sight over an area of 10 tiles.

In addition to visible birds, audio of various bird species can be heard on different Biomes. The flocks of seagulls that appear over shoals of Fish are also audible when zoomed in on.

Animals in Age of Empires
Until Age of Empires Definitive Edition icon Definitive Edition
HuntablesReturn of rome gazelle Gazelle · Returnofrome elephant icon Elephant
PredatorsAlligatorAOEIcon Alligator · Returnofrome lion icon Lion · Returnofrome crocodile icon Crocodile
Marine creaturesAoE2 DE shore fish icon Shore Fish · AoE2 DE tuna icon Tuna · AoE2 DE salmon icon Salmon · Aoede whale icon Whale
Animal KingsReturnofrome lion icon Lion (Alpha) · Returnofrome crocodile icon Crocodile (Alpha) · Return of rome gazelle Gazelle (Alpha) · Returnofrome elephant icon Elephant (Alpha)
OtherReturnofrome lion icon Lion (tame)
DecorativeAoEDE Eagle icon Bird · Dragon Icon updated nuRoR Dragon
CutHorse icon AoE Horse · Goat Goat
Including AoE2Icon-ReturnRome Return of Rome
HuntableAoE2DE Deer icon Deer · AoE2DE ingame ibex icon Ibex · Boar aoe2DE Iron Boar · Boar aoe2DE Javelina · Ostrich icon aoe2de Ostrich · PR4-010 Rhinoceros · Boar aoe2DE Wild Boar · Zebra aoe2DE Zebra
HerdableCowDE Cow · Goat aoe2DE Goat · AoE2DE ingame goose icon Goose · PR4-009 Llama · Iconpig Pig · Sheep aoe2DE Sheep · PR4-006 Turkey · Yak aoe2DE Water Buffalo
PredatorAoE2DE ingame bear icon Bear · PR2-002 Dire Wolf · PR4-004 Jaguar · AoE2 DE komodo Komodo Dragon · PR2-002 Rabid Wolf · AoE2DE ingame snow leopard icon Snow Leopard · PR4-016 Tiger · PR2-002 Wolf
CivilianBactrian camel icon Bactrian Camel · AoE2DE ingame camel icon Camel · Donkey caravan aoe2DE Donkey · Returnofrome horse icon Horse
Military animalsAoE2 DE alfred icon Alfred the Alpaca · Monkey aoe2DE Furious the Monkey Boy · Penguin aoe2DE Penguin
DecorativeBactrian camel icon Wild Bactrian Camel · AoE2DE ingame camel icon Wild Camel · Returnofrome horse icon Wild Horse
Marine animalsAoE2 DE box turtles icon Box Turtles · AoE2 DE dolphin icon Dolphin · AoE2 DE dorado icon Dorado · AoE2 DE marlin icon Marlin · AoE2 DE perch icon Perch · AoE2 DE snapper icon Snapper
Animals in Age of Empires II
Herdable animalsCowDE Cow · Goat aoe2DE Goat · AoE2DE ingame goose icon Goose · PR4-009 Llama · Iconpig Pig · Sheep aoe2DE Sheep · PR4-006 Turkey · Yak aoe2DE Water Buffalo
Timid huntablesAoE2DE Deer icon Deer · Return of rome gazelle Gazelle · AoE2DE ingame ibex icon Ibex · Ostrich icon aoe2de Ostrich · Zebra aoe2DE Zebra
Aggressive huntablesElephant aoe2DE Elephant · Boar aoe2DE Iron Boar · Boar aoe2DE Javelina · PR4-010 Rhinoceros · Boar aoe2DE Wild Boar
Wild animalsAoE2DE ingame bear icon Bear · Gator aoe2DE Crocodile · PR2-002 Dire Wolf · PR4-004 Jaguar · AoE2 DE komodo Komodo Dragon · Lion aoe2DE Lion · PR2-002 Rabid Wolf · AoE2DE ingame snow leopard icon Snow Leopard · PR4-016 Tiger · PR2-002 Wolf
Marine animalsAoE2 DE box turtles icon Box Turtles · AoE2 DE dolphin icon Dolphin · AoE2 DE dorado icon Dorado · AoE2 DE marlin icon Marlin · AoE2 DE perch icon Perch · AoE2 DE salmon icon Salmon · AoE2 DE shore fish icon Shore Fish · AoE2 DE snapper icon Snapper · AoE2 DE tuna icon Tuna
Civilian animalsBactrian camel icon Bactrian Camel · AoE2DE ingame camel icon Camel · Donkey caravan aoe2DE Donkey · Horse aoe2DE Horse
Military animalsAoE2 DE alfred icon Alfred the Alpaca · Monkey aoe2DE Furious the Monkey Boy · Penguin aoe2DE Penguin
Hero animalsHunting wolf aoe2DE Hunting Wolf · Ornluthewolf aoe2DE Ornlu the Wolf
Decorative animalsAoE2 DE hawk icon Bird · AoE2 DE stormy dog Stormy Dog · Bactrian camel icon Wild Bactrian Camel · AoE2DE ingame camel icon Wild Camel · Horse aoe2DE Wild Horse
Animals (non-myth units) in Age of Mythology
Herdable animalsCowAOM Cow · GoatAOM Goat · Pig icon Pig · YakiconAoM Yak
Timid huntablesBaboon icon Baboon · Caribou Caribou · ChickenIcon Chicken · Crane icon Crowned Crane · Deer icon Deer · DuckAoM icon Duck · Elk icon Elk · GazelleAOMicon Gazelle · Giraffe icon Giraffe · Monkey icon Monkey · Zebra icon Zebra
Aggressive huntablesAurochs icon Aurochs · Boar icon Boar · ElephantAOMicon Elephant · Hippo icon Hippopotamus · RamAoM icon Ram · Rhinoceros icon Rhinoceros · Walrus icon Walrus · WaterBuffalo Water Buffalo
Wild animalsWolf icon Arctic Wolf · Crocodile icon Crocodile · BrownBear icon Bear · Hyena icon Hyena · LionAOMicon Lion · LizardAoM icon Lizard · PandaAoM icon Panda Bear · PolarBearIcon Polar Bear · TigerAoM icon Tiger · Wolf icon Wolf
Military animalsLionAOMicon Golden Lion · Monkey icon Relic Monkey
FishAoM Fish Icon Herring · AoM Fish Icon Mahi-mahi · AoM Fish Icon Perch · AoM Fish Icon Salmon
Decorative animalsBird (AoM Hawk Icon Eagle · Harpy icon Harpy · AoM Hawk Icon Hawk · AoM Hawk Icon Parrot · AoM Vulture Icon Vulture) · Hawksbill Turtle · Orca · Shark · Whale
Scenario Editor-exclusive animalsHour of Alpacas Alfred · Wolf icon Dog · Giant Duck-Billed Platypus · GoatAOM Golden Fleece (also herdable) · Elk icon Reindeer
Cheat animalsChickenIcon Methane Chicken
Cut animalsAnchovies · Camel icon AoM Camel · Horse · Musk Ox · Nubian Goat · Shore Fish · Unicorn
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