There are many mods that aim to populate your world with new mobs, but Exotic Birds is a mod that takes a unique approach – it focuses entirely on birds! Peacocks, Hummingbirds, Woodpeckers and more! Read on for more…
Exotic Birds adds a variety of birds to the world of Minecraft, most of which are passive. Most of the birds have distinct and unique looks and sounds, making the mod very polished the details. We’ll go through all of the bird breeds quickly:
Exotic Birds – Breeds
A Woodpecker (top left) is a completely passive bird that spawns in forests. True to its name, the woodpecker likes to latch onto tree trunks and peck away, producing loud recognizable sounds.
A Roadrunner (top right) is an extremely fast breed that spawns in warm areas like deserts and savannas. Roadrunners can be bred using wheat seeds.
A Peacock (bottom left) is a fabulous type of bird that spawns in various green biomes. There’s a few varieties (skins), and you can toggle their tail on and off by right clicking, being the avian whisperer you naturally are. They can be bred using wheat seeds.
Hummingbirds (bottom right) are colorful, super fast, hyperactive birds that spawn in various green biomes. They can be bred using sugar and come in many colors.
A Toucan (top left) is a peaceful bird that spawns in the Jungle and Savannah biomes. Toucans can be bred using wheat seeds.
Flamingos (top right) are pink animals that spawn near water and frolic around on their weird thin pink legs. To make it even weirder, they sometimes only use one of their weird thin pink legs. They can be bred using seeds.
Swans (bottom left) are fancy birds that spawn near water and tend to swim in it most of the time. They can be bred using wheat seeds.
A Kingfisher (bottom right) is a fascinating breed of birds that spawn near water and hunt for fish in it. Sometimes they’ll even carry fish around in their mouths.
Vultures (top left) are large birds of prey that spawn in deserts and mesas and circle in the air creepily, not doing much else. They can be bred using seeds.
Parrots (top right) are a friendly breed that spawn in jungles and forests and come in many varieties. The unique thing about them in this mod is that they can be tamed using wheat seeds and made to follow you around like pets.
A Cassowary (bottom left) is a dangerous killing machine that you should not provoke at any point. They spawn in grassy biomes and can be bred using apples.
A Magpie (bottom right) is a peaceful small breed that spawns in forests. Magpies walk around scavenging items (putting them in their beaks), so you can use them as little gatherers. They can be bred using wheat seeds.
There’s a final type of bird in Exotic Birds, but it’s a nice surprise, so I won’t spoil it here. You can find out about it in the mod thread.
Exotic Birds – additional content
Now that we’ve covered the breeds themselves it’s time to talk about the additional content in Exotic Birds. Exploring the mod is done through a very nice system – the Book of Birds. It’s a craftable book that you click on the birds with to unlock info about that particular breed and get experience. This is a simple yet elegant solution to provide progression and encourage exploration with the mod. Besides the Book of Birds there’s also new items that drop from birds like their meat and feathers.
Finally, there’s the subsystem surrounding eggs. Each breed of bird in Exotic Birds has their own eggs and birds will lay eggs on the ground or in nests (pictured above). These eggs act a lot like chicken eggs – they give you a small chance to spawn that breed of bird. Breaking eggs sometimes results in eggshells which are an alternative to bonemeal.
And that’s it for Exotic Birds! I liked this mod a lot because it took on a simple concept and polished it to perfection. The birds add ambiance and seem very well thought out in regards to design and sound, the Book of Birds is a fantastic progression system, and the mod just works well. I recommend it wholeheartedly, though it definitely isn’t an all-in-one solution for getting more mobs into your game since it focuses only on birds. You can try it yourself here:
Download the Exotic Birds mod here!
- Install the Forge API.
- Run Minecraft at least once.
- Put the .jar file in the mods folder located in your .minecraft folder.
- For any additional info, head to our big Mod Installation Guide.
- Ready to go! Enjoy.
Like always, feel free to leave any feedback you might have in the comment section below.
Version of mod reviewed: v1.0.1 for Minecraft 1.8.