From Terraria Wiki
(Redirected from Cardinal)
Jump to navigation Jump to search

The Bird, Blue Jay, and Cardinal are flying critters that can spawn in the Forest biome. Much like the Vulture, Birds remain still until approached, whereupon they will fly away. Birds will occasionally chirp when nearby.

Birds have only 5 health and no defense, and can be damaged by other enemies and players.

Birds can be caught with any Bug Net to be carried around in the inventory and released later, or crafted into animated decorative furniture (Bird / Blue Jay / Cardinal Cage). Once crafted, the Birds cannot be released again, unless the furniture item is de-crafted via Shimmer(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions).

Birds can be spawned by the Bird Statue, however statue-spawned critters cannot be caught with any Bug Net, and will disappear in a puff of smoke when the player attempts to do so.

On the Desktop version Desktop version, Console version Console version, and Mobile version Mobile version, there is a 1/400 (0.25%) chance for a Gold Bird to spawn in place of an ordinary one.


Bird Rarity Sell NPC ID Song
Bird BirdInternal Item ID: 2015 Rarity level: 0 5 SC 74
Blue Jay Blue JayInternal Item ID: 2016 Rarity level: 0 7 SC50 CC 297
Cardinal CardinalInternal Item ID: 2017 Rarity level: 0 7 SC50 CC 298


Used in

ResultIngredientsCrafting station
Bird CageBird CageBy Hand
Blue Jay CageBlue Jay Cage
Cardinal CageCardinal Cage
Roasted BirdRoasted Bird(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)Cooking PotCooking Pot
Bird StatueBird StatueHeavy Work BenchHeavy Work Bench(Desktop, Console, Old-gen console and Mobile versions) and Ecto Mist(Desktop, Console and Mobile versions)


  • Birds always fly about 20 tiles above the ground.
  • The Bird Banner only drops from the regular Bird, not from the Blue Jay or Cardinal.
  • On the Nintendo 3DSNintendo 3DS version version, all three Birds have no sell value.



A bird-shaped cloud.
A flock of birds that fly by on occasion in the background.
  • The regular Bird has black legs in its item sprite, whereas as a critter and in a placed cage they are yellow.
  • The Bird, Bunny, Goldfish, and Penguin are the only four critters that have banners of themselves.
  • On the Desktop version Desktop version, Console version Console version, and Mobile version Mobile version, a cloud in the shape of a Bird can occasionally be seen in the background. Additionally, flocks of birds can occasionally be seen flying in the sky as ambiance.
  • Those familiar with birds will realize that "one of these things is not like the others". The sound files indicate that all three are meant to be songbirds; the white "generic" bird can pass for various species, including some songbirds, but the other two represent real species. And while the Cardinal is a songbird, the Blue jay is not -- it is a relative of crows and ravens, with a raucous voice and an aggressive disposition. (The Bluebird is an actual songbird.)

BestiaryBestiary entries

  • Bird: "A simple white bird which enjoys a calm sunny day."
  • Blue Jay: "This little blue bird came looking for worms."
  • Cardinal: "A rare, red-crested friend of the forest."

See also


  • Desktop
    • Sprite of the regular Bird updated.
    • Cardinal now sells for 7 SC50 CC.
  • Desktop 1.2.3: Birds are now more likely to spawn in mornings. Each type has several songs to sing.