Mythical creatures: thunderbird. (Click for more creatures) - the Native Americans believed that certain birds brought storms with them. The myth probably originated when they noticed birds would soar long and high on the warm updrafts that roll through before a storm.
A phoenix is a mythical bird with a tail of beautiful gold and red plumage (or purple and blue, by some sources ). It has a 600-800 year life-cycle, and near the end the phoenix builds itself a nest of cinnamon twigs that it then ignites; both nest and bird burn fiercely and are reduced to ashes, from which a new, young phoenix or phoenix egg arises, reborn anew to live again. The new phoenix is destined to live as long as its old self.
1775-1850. Kinnon – half bird-half man inhabits an Eden-like forest of Buddhist legend and adorn Buddhist temples, at one time even lamposts, in Thailand. aka The mythical bird-man of Siam. carved wood
A MAMLUK ENAMELLED GLASS BEAKER SYRIA, SECOND HALF 13TH CENTURY Of cylindrical form widening to the vertical mouth, the sides with a band of three flying mythical birds, a band of gilt and blue enamel water motifs around the mouth