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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.

Age of Empires Edit

In Age of Empires, birds can be hunted down by a Villager. 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 contain any food. The Following birds appear in Age of Empires:

  • Eagle
  • Hawk

Age of Empires II Edit

Once again, certain non-interactable birds make their appearance in the second game. 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.

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 (though it is 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 or by entering the cheat code 'i don't exist'.

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Age of Mythology Edit

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.

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

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.

Trivia Edit

  • 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 the beta.
  • 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.

Age of Empires III Edit


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 icon AOE III Bar-Headed Goose*
    • Bar-headed goose icon AOE III Bar-Headed Goose flock*
  • Blackbird flock*
  • Vulture icon AOE III Buzzard flock*
  • Canada goose icon AOE III Canada Goose*
    • Canada goose icon AOE III Goose flock*
  • Eagle icon AOE III Condor*
  • Duck
    • Eagle icon AOE III Duck flock*
  • Eagle icon AOE III Eagle*
  • Falcon icon AOE III Falcon*
  • Hawk*
  • Kingfisher
  • Macaw icon AOE III Macaw*
  • Macaw icon AOE III Parrot*
  • Macaw icon AOE III Seagull*
  • Snowy owl icon AOE III Snowy Owl*
  • Swan
  • Vulture icon AOE III Vulture*

The birds marked with a * have 20 HP 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.

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