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.
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Stymphalian Birds Facts and Figures
Name: Stymphalian Birds
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Stymphalion-Birds
Gender: Sorry, we don't know
Type: fabulous creatures
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present
Role: Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 1470
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Article last revised on July 20, 2019 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.