Birds

The Birds of Ares

They were a flock of arrow-feathered birds which were set to guard the sacred Amazonian shrine of the god Ares on the Black Sea island of Dia. The birds were encountered by the Argonauts in their quest for the Golden Fleece. The heroes raised their shields as a defence against the deadly volleys of arrows and with a clash of shield and spear drove the birds away.

The Stymphalian Birds

They were a flock of man-eating birds which haunted Lake Stymphalis in Arcadia. Heracles’ destroyed them as the sixth of his twelve labours, employing a rattle to rouse them from the thick vegetation surrounding the lake and then felling them with his arrows or a sling.

Parents: Stymphalus and Ornis
Killed by: Heracles

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Heracles and the Stymphalian Birds. Athenian black-figure amphora, c. 6th .C, British Museum.