Bird (Super Mario 3D Land)

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This article is about the ambient recurring white, crested birds that originate in Super Mario 3D Land. For other uses, see Bird.
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A Bird, distinguished by its white color and crest.
First Appearance Super Mario 3D Land (2011)
Latest Appearance Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (2017)

Birds or Little Bird[1] are white birds with distinctive crests that are recurring ambient species in the Mario franchise ever since their debut appearance in Super Mario 3D Land. Occasionally, they even serve a gameplay purpose. Their appearance seems to be based off chickadees, a family of small passerine birds with similar body shapes and also notable for some species sporting crests. They are similar in behavior to other birds throughout the series, such as the Birds in Super Mario Sunshine, as well as the blue birds outside Princess Peach's Castle in Super Mario 64.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario 3D Land[edit]

Birds appearing, next to Toad on the left area of the official group art for Super Mario 3D Land.

These birds make their first appearance in Super Mario 3D Land, serving as ambient creatures and usually appearing in flocks. When Mario or Luigi approaches them, they fly away.

Super Mario 3D World[edit]

In Super Mario 3D World, birds can also be found in various levels. In this game, they can occasionally appear in the title screen, where they fly away when the main cast of characters run through it.

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

In Super Mario Odyssey, the little birds can be found in the Wooded Kingdom.

Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games[edit]

In Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, birds appear during the first portion of the Mario Figure Skating Spectacular event, which is based on Super Mario 3D Land. As always, they fly away when the skaters come near.

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

A bird (seen right by Baby Luigi) in Dragon Driftway.

A flock of birds appear on the road in the following tracks in Mario Kart 8 and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: Mario Circuit, Wii Moo Moo Meadows, GBA Mario Circuit. SNES Donut Plains 3, N64 Royal Raceway, 3DS Piranha Plant Slide, GCN Yoshi Circuit, and Dragon Driftway.

When racers approach them, they fly away, though after a set period of time without any racers, they return to the track. These birds are removed in the split-screen modes of the game.

Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker[edit]

Captain Toad and some birds in Super Bell Hill.

Players can interact with the ambient birds in Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker. Normally, they fly away when Captain Toad or Toadette approaches them, but if they stand by a bird long enough, the bird flies and lands on their heads, which is detailed in Episode 11 of the European The Cat Mario Show.

Mario Sports Superstars[edit]

Finding a bird in Mario Sports Superstars

Birds are one of the objects encountered in the grass in the stable mode of Mario Sports Superstars sport, Horse Racing. When players pass into them, they fly away and reveal a ? crate, which reveals a Mario Token. When players obtain 20 Mario Tokens, they unlock the Mario Token Crown, a special horse accessory for the head.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle[edit]

In Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, the birds can be found in the Ancient Gardens.[2] They behave like they do in Super Mario 3D Land and Super Mario 3D World, in which they fly away when the party members are near them, only to return soon after the party members leave the area.[2]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 小鳥[3]
Little bird


  1. ^ The Cat Mario Show. (Jul 9, 2015) The Cat Mario Show - Episode 11 YouTube. Retrieved July 23, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Nintendo (June 14, 2017). Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle - World 1 Battle & Boss Demonstration - Nintendo E3 2017. YouTube. Retrieved July 24, 2017.
  3. ^ Nintendo. (October 19, 2015). Encyclopedia Super Mario Bros., page 185. Nintendo. Retrieved July 23, 2017.