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Hopper: Well what's this another one of your bird tricks? Flik: Yep. Hopper: Are there bunch of little girls in this one too? Hello girls!
~ Flik and Hopper
Tweet, Tweet, Tweet, Tweet
~ Tuck and Roll
Yohoo Mr. Early Bird how would you like taste a worm of sweet I'm gonna snap, I'm gonna snap.
~ Heimlich and Slim
And the birds eat the grasshoppers hey like the one that this nearly eat you you remember oh you shouldn't see that okay this blue jay has him half way down his throat okay? and Hopper- Hopper's kicking and scream okay? and I'm scared okay, I'm going anywhere near, okay- oh come on its a great story Ow,Ow,Ow
~ Molt

The Bird is a minor antagonist (but neutral heroine) from A Bugs Life. She was voiced by Frank Welker who also voices Scooby-Doo and some various creatures and monsters.

Background

Physical Description

She appears to be a small finch with orange and yellow feathers, but from the insects' perspective, she is tremendously huge.

Personality

The Bird is portrayed as neither good nor bad. Like most birds, she is a predator and hunts for food (in this case, bugs) when she's hungry. She acts as a regular predator and eventually feeds Hopper to her newborn chicks when they hatch near the end of the movie.

Role in Film

In the film, the Bird is a predator to all bugs. It is every bug's worst nightmare to be eaten by a bird; even Hopper is afraid of them and is blind in his right eye after one nearly ate him.

When Flik tries to stop the circus bugs from leaving, he sees one of her feathers, her nest, and her unhatched three eggs inside it nearby and flees. The Bird appears, sees them and chases after the bugs for food. Meanwhile, Dot watches on a dandelion seed that breaks off, leaving her in the air as the Bird suddenly flies up after her. Francis catches her and they hide in the cracked riverbed, but he is knocked out by a falling rock. Flik convinces the circus bugs to rescue them, while Heimlich and Slim distract the Bird. After saving Dot and Francis, they fly into the trees with Dim and Rosie where the Bird is unable to get to them. She then accidentally pricks her feet on the branch's thorns and flies away.

The encounter with the bird inspires Flik to put together a plan of constructing a model bird to scare the grasshoppers away when they return to Ant Island in the winter. However, when their bird is finally used, P.T. Flea also mistakes it for a real bird and sets it on fire with his Flaming Death act, thereby exposing it to Hopper as a fake. After being rescued by Princess Atta when Hopper tries to fly away with him, Flik directs her back to the Bird's nest. When Hopper catches up, the Bird emerges her nest and towers over him and Flik. Hopper mistakes her for another fake and taunts her, but when she shrieks at him, he realizes she is real. Hopper panics and tries to escape, but the Bird gives chase, blocks his way and picks him up with her beak. She then flies back to her nest and feeds the screaming Hopper to her three newborn chicks, thus ending his reign of terror.

Trivia

  • Although The Bird is female, Heimlich calls her Mr. Early Bird.
  • She was not a villain, she only was a predator antagonist.

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