Birds in Chinese mythology

JianJian (bird)
Birds in Chinese mythology and legend are of numerous types and very important in this regard.wikipedia
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Crane in Chinese mythology

Cranemagical cranecranes
The crane is an example of a real type of bird with mythological enhancements.

Qingniao

Qing Niaogreen birds
The Qingniao was the messenger or servant of Xi Wangmu.

Fenghuang

phoenixChinese phoenixHōō
Sometimes confused with the Fenghuang, the vermilion bird of the south is associated with fire.

Vermilion Bird

Vermilion Bird of the SouthSuzakuVermillion Bird of the South
The Vermilion Bird is iconic of the south. The Vermilion Bird of the South symbolically represents the cardinal direction south.

Peng (mythology)

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The Peng was a gigantic bird phase of the gigantic Kun fish. Many specific characters are based on these two radicals; in other words, incorporating one or the other radical as constituent to a more complex character graph, for example in the case of the Peng bird (traditional character graph = 鵬 / simplified = 鹏): in both cases, a version of the niǎo character is radicalized on the right.

Jingwei

Jingwei Tries to Fill the Sea
The Jingwei is a mythical bird which tries to fill up the ocean with twigs and pebbles symbolizing indefatigable determination.
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Zhenniao

ZhenZhen bird
Sometimes the Chinese terms for mythological or legendary birds include a generic term for "bird" appended to the pronounced name for "bird"; an example would be the Zhenniao, which is also known just as Zhen: the combination of Zhen plus niao means "Zhen bird"; thus, "Zhenniao" is the same as "Zhen bird", or just "Zhen".
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Three-legged crow

YatagarasuThree-legged bird3 legged raven
Sometimes depicted as a Three-legged crow.
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Bi Fang bird

Other birds include the Bi Fang bird, a one-legged bird (Strassberg 2002, 110-111).

Nine-headed Bird

JiufengJiutouniao
The Jiufeng is a nine-headed bird used to scare children.
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Chinese mythology

ChineseChinese legendmythology
Birds in Chinese mythology and legend are of numerous types and very important in this regard.

Queen Mother of the West

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The Qingniao was the messenger or servant of Xi Wangmu.

Radical 196

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Historically main generic characters for bird are niǎo (old school, traditional character = 鳥 / simplified character, based on cursive form = 鸟) and the other main "bird" word / character graph zhuī .

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Historically main generic characters for bird are niǎo (old school, traditional character = 鳥 / simplified character, based on cursive form = 鸟) and the other main "bird" word / character graph zhuī .

Radical (Chinese characters)

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Many specific characters are based on these two radicals; in other words, incorporating one or the other radical as constituent to a more complex character graph, for example in the case of the Peng bird (traditional character graph = 鵬 / simplified = 鹏): in both cases, a version of the niǎo character is radicalized on the right.

Onomatopoeia

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In other cases, the classical Chinese term is clearly based on the alleged sound of said bird; that is, what is known as onomatopoeia.

South

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The Vermilion Bird of the South symbolically represents the cardinal direction south.

Wuxing (Chinese philosophy)

Five ElementsWu XingFive Phases
It is red and associated with the wu xing "element" fire.

Classic of Mountains and Seas

ShanhaijingShan Hai JingShanhai Jing
According to the Shanhaijing and it's commentaries, the Bifang can be found on Mount Zhang'e and/or east of the Feathered People (Youmin) and west of the Blue River (Strassberg 2002, 110 and 163)

Twenty-Eight Mansions

lunar mansion28 Mansions16th lunar mansion
Bi is also number nineteen of the Twenty-Eight Mansions of traditional Chinese astronomy, the Net (Bi).

Chinese astronomy

ChineseastronomyChinese astronomers
Bi is also number nineteen of the Twenty-Eight Mansions of traditional Chinese astronomy, the Net (Bi).

Net (Chinese constellation)

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Bi is also number nineteen of the Twenty-Eight Mansions of traditional Chinese astronomy, the Net (Bi).

Shangyang (rainbird)

Shang-YangShangyang
There was a Shang-Yang rainbird.

Heavenly Questions

TianwenQuestions to HeavenAsking Heaven
Also, "Questions to Heaven" (Stassberg 2002, 11 and Yang et al 2005, 8-10).