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    Mc Rat commented
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    You should be able to build birdhouses or birdbaths for them

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    What about biome-specific birds? Like albatrosses for the sea, seagulls for beaches, ducks and ospreys for rivers, hawks/eagles for mountains. What about making hawks/eagles tamable, so they help you hunt passive mobs and sit on your shoulder.
    Also it would be interesting if birds flew away when you approached them, unless you sneak and move slowly (like ocelots).
    Maybe you could add animations for them, such as digging for worms, or diving and attacking fish. This would make a world feel more alive.

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    Sarelth commented
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    Personally, I would love to see crows, ravens, and magpies. Have them appear in small groups that follow the player from a distance and they could have a chance of swooping in the pick up dropped items, similar to foxes. Don't have them steal directly from players, as no one likes their stuff going missing, but those seeds you didn't get a chance to pick up, or that healing potion you accidentally dropped on the ground, fair game. After they grab an item, have them regroup with there pals and maybe compare loot, making some noise while they sit there high in a tree. If you track them down you might also find other items that they acquired. Loot table could simply be random mob drops, especially shining objects. 

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    Maybe they could drop different types of feathers, just for realism? It could be used for some unique banner patterns and such.

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    LikaLarukuToo commented
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    Owls.

    Eagles.

    Crows.

    Seagulls.

    Songbirds.

    Penguins.

    Peacocks.

    Macaws.

     

    They'd add ambient sounds to every biome.

    Wild birds could steal your meat, tamed ones could help you hunt.

    Crows would have hidden nests full of shiny treasures.

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    maybe different effects on arrow physics when using different feather types?

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    Kylie W commented
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    I love this idea! I think regular song birds would be an excellent addition to Minecraft! I also love the idea about many different variations of bird coming from the spawn egg, like horses or tropical fish. I think some birds I'd love to see would be magpies, robins, blue jays, finches, crows, hummingbirds, swallows, and wrens!

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    I fully endorse this idea! Maybe a Roadrunner type of bird for the desert/mesa biome  

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    marnixhp commented
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    or like feather hats 

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    How about having multiple varieties, like tropical fish? Some can even be based on real species, like the robin, the bluejay, the cardinal, the canary, the oriole...

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    TanIsHere1914 commented
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    What if some birds are tameable and can transport items to one player to another?

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    skymyner360 commented
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    Imagine waking up in your cozy log cabin, walking out onto your front porch in the early morning light, and... hearing the beautiful chirping and whistling of birds. A small chickadee swoops down to your front porch and perches on the fence, looks around, then notices you and swiftly swoops way. Another bird, perching somewhere unseen, sings a sweet melody. Far above, a small flock of little black dots zoom by, flying in a "V" formation. You are curious where they are going, but of course you'll never be able to catch up to them. The sun now peeks over the horizon, and shines through the forest in front of your little home. You think to yourself, "This is wonderful. I wish this would never end."

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    Please let us tame ravens and use pigeons to transport small items home/ other players. Homing pigeon?

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    Plz add birds that would be so cool

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    EggyPigeon8 commented
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    Maybe there can be nests in the trees that sometimes have stuff in them it can be good stuff or bad there will also be eggs in them and they will act like turtle eggs you can break them if you want or take them ocelots near by will try to climb the tree to break the eggs

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    harry holden commented
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    - Plains: no birds
    - Oceans: seagulls/pelicans that float on the water surface and fly near the water. Pelicans could be big and drop feathers and fish once killed. Neutral
    - Forests: could have a few plain looking birds of no birds to make taming birds more rewarding.
    - Dark forests/taiga: owls could attack rabbits and will spawn more often at night and are neutral mobs

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    harry holden commented
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    - Swamp: stalk could catch fish
    - Mountains: eagles could be big enough to fly or could drop big eagle feathers for potions or for a glider to glide down from high places but not fly upwards. Could be rare loot. Neutral mobs
    - Tundra/frozen ocean: penguins could catch fish and would be passive and slide on the ice and would spawn in large groups.
    - Mushroom: some kinda mushroom bird?

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    harry holden commented
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    - Savannah: weaver birds that make spherical(square) nests could drop cool loot once broken - could be birds similar that collect rare ores and shiny objects and have rare chance of dropping once best is broken. Birds will attack if you hit their nest. Neutral. Can’t tame. Flamingoes could spawn in large groups in savanna lakes and will fly away once you attack one. They will drop pink dye.
    - Desert: vultures. Drop bones and meat once killed. Will attack zombies as they are dead. Will circle before attacking. Spawn in groups of 5
    - Nether: hellish birds. Skelton birds Phoenix?

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    samgsxbox commented
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    They should be tameable and come with different colours like parrots

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    They are a little bit to tall for my taste... I would say the have a total height of 0.35-0.50. there can be also different species

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    Thapik commented
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    the birds should also be able to built their own bird's Nest, that would be a block with a height of a slap, in that nest the birds lay eggs and breed them. sooner or later bird will coming out and then they will learn to fly.   

    I think this feature should added with it

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    Could some be tameable? I would love to have an eagle riding on my shoulder, and it would be realistic, because there is Falconry in real life. Could you add to submission? Voted!

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    A Crocodile commented
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    Minecraft could use some more atmospheric mobs, such as birds, lizards and snakes to make to world feel more alive.

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    harry holden commented
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    Plains rivers:
    Swans would be found in two and would attack once provoked. They’d drop more feathers than other birds and would rarely be black. They could also be found with cygnets that trail behind.
    Forests:
    Woodpeckers could provide more ambience.

    Turkeys could be part of a farming update and could be lured with pumpkin seeds as they’re both autumnal. They’d then be rarer and farm slower than chickens but drop more feathers and better meat. If seasons were added then maybe they’d only be found in autumn.
    I’d also like if chickens received a newer model as they look quite weird and maybe they’d have rooster and hen variants and could maybe have colour variants as well.

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    Plasma Fury commented
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    Apparently I’m late to the party but here are my ideas.

    Interactive mobs less common that farm animals but still fairly relative. Different species for different biomes, parrots still only one in jungle. More common in forests, less common in desert or snow.

    Behavior similar to bats but obviously don’t hang upside down. Drop things like sticks, string, and feathers with a rare chance of something shinny, maybe a iron or gold ingot could go as far as a diamond or emerald. 1-3 xp if killed by player, wolf, Fox, or cat. They would avid cats when possible.

    Maybe a breading mechanic with seeds? That they lay eggs or create another bird.

    Defensive with a swarming behavior like pigmen. One on one they would be an easy kill with healthy level of 5 or 6 but swarm can be from 1-6 depending on how many birds are in a certain radius. Less likely to swarm if you have a cat with you.

    They can “disappear” into trees and disturbing the “nest” will trigger a swarm also.

    Throw back to the old mining times and have canaries tame able to take mining with you that will warn you of lava within one block, would be perfect for a cave update.

    Make a bird watching book of sorts that ties into the fletcher in villages.

    Introduce a new tool “net” that can be used to catch birds or fish, doesn’t work on parrots. Crafting would be three string in the top right corner with two sticks diagonal.

    I like the idea of sending notes or items to other players also.

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    JS Sebstian commented
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    This is an excellent idea. Can you imagine that the birds provide a specific soundtrack to the biome. Player wakes up in their farm to the sounds of Robins, finches and blackbirds. Player goes deep into a dark oak forest and as the night closes in squawks and hoots of owls, emerge unseen from somewhere in the canopy. In the taiga, the lonely call of a Crow, eyeing the player with blinking eyes. In the desert, high above, the red kite lets out a long screech. You get the idea, it would add so much immersion.

    Maybe pigeons and seagulls could spawn in populated areas; seagulls could swoop down and take anything edible in a player's ready hand and pigeons would roost on the player's builds pooping everywhere.

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    NeximYT commented
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    About the variety, we need irl birds(with a few non irl mixed in) Pidgeons, eagles, robins, blue tits,great tits, eagles}

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    LaThiagoplay1 commented
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    They could add nests for them to have babies.
    (HOW CUTE!!)

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    YumeRini commented
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    The first things that come to mind when I think of birds are the small tweeting ones that nest in the trees of my yard, such as robins, blue jays, sparrows, cardinals, finches, wrens, mockingbirds, and crows (well, I guess not all of them tweet). These birds are known as passerines. I think that these should be added.

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    Yes and having them as pets using seeds like parrots. And maybe adding a feather dropped from birds/chickens could give ths player a new banner type either called bird or flight which you can costumize onto a.banner.