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Attack Range
Special Ability
Grows into a Teenbird.png, doesn't spook passive birds.
Spawns from
Hatching Tallbird Egg.png
Wilson Portrait.png
That's a rather small bird.


Willow Portrait.png
Not quite a phoenix, but still cute. I guess.


Wolfgang Portrait.png
Is very small bird.


Wendy Portrait.png
Hello there, little one.


WX-78 Portrait.png


Wickerbottom Portrait.png
A rather diminutive specimen of the class Aves.


Woodie Portrait.png
What do you want?


Waxwell Portrait.png
What!? What do you want?


Wigfrid Portrait.png
Yöu are nöt fierce yet, bird.


Webber Portrait.png
Could this be a friend for us?


Walani Portrait.png
Eye see you.


Warly Portrait.png
Hello food... uh, friend.


Woodlegs Portrait.png
Whoot sorta cackler arrr ye?


Smallbirds are passive mobs that have been hatched from a Tallbird Egg and can fly briefly, unlike teens and adults. A Smallbird will grow into a Teenbird (or Smallish Tallbird) after 10 full days. They are considered innocent creatures and killing one adds 6 points to the player's naughtiness level.

Smallbirds require 20 hunger points per day and will demand food by chirping when hungry (Hunger.png < 50%). When starving (Hunger.png = 0), they will die after 4 game hours (2 minutes). They can be fed raw Berries and any type of Seeds. They will eat seeds off the ground when they are hungry. Eating anything heals them to full health.

Smallbirds will follow the player and attack the player's targets. If the player moves far enough away from the Smallbird while it is sleeping at night, it will wake up to move closer to the player before falling asleep again. Since they have very small Health, players must be careful when fighting strong mobs or groups of them. Other birds won't run away from Smallbirds and can be a good way to get Feathers and Morsels. Note that Smallbirds can trigger Tooth Traps and Bee Mines, likely killing them.

When idle, a Smallbird will either bounce around or cock its head/body at an angle with a puzzled look.

Glommer.png See also: Hatching Tallbird Egg

Reign of Giants icon.pngReign of Giants

In the Reign of Giants DLC, Tallbird Eggs that are unharvested from their nest will hatch at the beginning of Spring and one or more Smallbirds will spawn near the nest.

Spear.png Fighting

Below is the number of hits it takes (with a default damage modifier) to kill a Smallbird. The Weather Pain is not included due to the random nature of its projectile.

Weapon Fishing Rod.pngBug Net.png Lucy the Axe.png Shovel.png Pitchfork.png

Hammer.png Torch.png Umbrella.png

Walking Cane.png Willow's Lighter.png

Axe.png Pickaxe.png

Luxury Axe.png Opulent Pickaxe.png


PickSlashAxe.png Spear.png Bat Bat.png Ham Bat.png Morning Star.png Slurtle Slime.png Tentacle Spike.png

Battle Spear.png

Thulecite Club.png Tooth Trap.png Dark Sword.png Fire Dart.png Fire Staff.png Blow Dart.png Gunpowder.png Old Bell.png
No. of hits for
12 4 3 2 2 2 2 1-2 1 or 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1

Placeholder.png Trivia

  • Although eggs hatched by the player create Smallbirds, eggs left in a nest without an adult Tallbird present will create an instant adult.
  • In older versions of the game, Abigail would aggro and kill Smallbirds. Since the "Strange New Powers" update, Abigail has come to accept all friendly "Followers".
  • (PC) A Smallbird can be used as a Steam chat emoticon.
  • (PC) Two Smallbirds can be seen on a Steam profile wallpaper, which can be earned by crafting or trading.

Mosquito.png Bugs

  • A Smallbird may vanish as it hatches from its egg.
  • If a Smallbird gets stuck on the other side of an ocean barrier, the player can enter a cave and then exit the cave to fix the bug. Relogging will not fix this issue.
  • Feeding a Smallbird/Smallish Tallbird during the growing animation may cancel the animation process. Relogging will fix the issue.

Blueprint.png Gallery