- Greek (culture)
- Flying (attribute)
- Seductive (attribute)
- Deadly (behaviour)
These were winged maidens with the feet of birds in Greek mythology. They had razor sharp wings which they used to attack people when they flew at them. They were predatory to man and were cared for under the protection of Ares the god of war. They live in marshes and like the Sirens they sing to lure people in to the bog to be eaten by the women. The birds were so numerous that when a flock of them flew the blocked out the sun. Hercules’ fifth labour was to defeat the Stymphalian Birds, which he did by first climbing a hill overlooking the swamp and playing a bird song to scare away the creatures. Most of them fled and the ones remaining where shot down by Hercules’ bow and sling.
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