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Stymphalian Birds

The Oxford Companion to World Mythology

David Leeming

Stymphalian Birds 

These were the terrifying, human flesh–eating birds that Herakles managed to kill as the sixth of his Twelve Labors. They had brazen claws and beaks and terrorized Arcadia until the hero managed to startle them with a rattle given to him by Athena and shot them with arrows as they tried to fly away.

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