The Stymphalian Bird is a mythical bird from Ancient Greece (Lake Stymphalos, Arcadia, Greece. Said to breed in the Arabian Desert.). Ibislike. Size of a stork or crane. Sharp, hooked beak. Sharp talons. Nests in reeds or on cliffs. Screech-like call. Said to eat humans. One of the labors of the ancient Greek hero Herakles was to rid Greece of these noisy birds, which he did by scaring them off with rattles.

Possible explanationsEdit

  • A personification of the diseases that infest marshy areas.
  • The Northern bald ibis (Geronticus eremita), suggested by Michel Desfayes. Not found in Greece any longer and by no means ferocious, this bird is dark green with a bright-red bill and breeds on cliffs. It lingered in Turkey in small numbers but became extinct there in 1989.

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