GREEK MYTHOLOGY

The Classical Gods of Ancient Greece

STYMPHALIAN-BIRDS

Greek fabulous creature

Also known as STYMPHALION-BIRDS

Deadly man-eating iron birds

Fierce and deadly man-eating birds with feathers made of iron. They rarely preen themselves, but occasionally apply a drop of oil or WD40.

The Labors of Heracles
Episode 6: The Stymphalian Birds

From the filth of the AUGEAN-STABLES to the drear of the Stymphalian Marshes. Here terrible flesh-eating birds with iron beaks and bronze claws had taken up residence in a large colony. As if this wasn’t enough, their droppings were extremely toxic.

HERACLES scratched his head over this one. He was too heavy to attempt walking on the marsh and he did not have an umbrella. Actually no-one did as they were still waiting to be invented.

ATHENA noticed his plight and, having a soft spot for our Hero, offered to lend him her cymbals. (In some accounts they are referred to as castanets, but we don’t think so. We feel they were more like heavy crash/ride cymbals.)

The cymbals were forged by HEPHAESTUS and they made such a scary noise, the birds took to the air screeching in fear. HERACLES pot-shotted them like fish in a barrel and the birds got the message. They flew off to the Isle of ARES, where they rightly belonged as they were his pets.

Next Episode: The CRETAN-BULL...

STYMPHALIAN-BIRDS FACTS AND FIGURES

Name : STYMPHALIAN-BIRDS
Location : Ancient Greece
Gender : Sorry, we don't know
Type : fabulous creature
In charge of :
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : STYMPHALION-BIRDS
Popularity index : 16653
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Article last updated on 01 January 2013 by the Godchecker Team.

Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

Cite this article:

Saunders, Chas, and Peter J. Allen, eds. "Stymphalian-birds: Greek fabulous creature (Greek mythology) ." Godchecker. Godchecker/CID, 01 Jan. 2013. Web. 23 September 2014.

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