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avatar Onnowhere
Level 62 : High Grandmaster Cyborg
This is a vanilla mob creation. It adds birds that randomly spawn around players that come in red or brown variants as well as baby and adult. They can fly, walk around, be fed, grow into adults, make nests, and drop items that can be used to custom craft some items! No resource packs or mods are used and it works completely in vanilla 1.8.

(Note: This was made for Minecraft version 1.8, not yet tested with multiplayer but should work)

[ Reddit Post ]

I would suggest using the following gamerules when using the schematic:
/gamerule commandBlockOut false
/gamerule logAdminCommands false

UPDATE 1: Fixed a little screw up with the randomizer. I forgot to remove some testing blocks that stop them from making nests and spawning naturally! Sorry about that!

UPDATE 2: Continuing the first update, fixed bird flying.

UPDATE 3: Improved glitch where birds close to each other glitch into each other. Do not spawn birds closer than 3 blocks near each other or force them together.

UPDATE 4: Improved glitch more where birds close to each other glitch into each other. Bird model resets after glitching. (Thanks MC Labs15!)

UPDATE 5: Hid annoying scoreboard left on screen when loading world download.

UPDATE 6: Fixed bird head displaying as Steve.

WARNING: Don't spawn birds directly next to each other or force them together! When they come near each other they glitch really badly :P! If they are above 3 blocks apart they will be ok.



- Randomly spawn around a player
- Fly through air, walk on ground, hop occasionally, and make sounds!
- Red, Brown, Baby, and Adult varieties of birds
- Can be fed by dropping wheat seeds on them
- Drop Odd Bird Egg when fed as an adult which breaks when dropped from heights to get Yolk, Egg White, and Egg Shell
- Create nests rarely when adult and on a leaf block
- Nests spawn 3 baby birds over time, then break into sticks
- Rarely drop Bird Wing when killed
- Killed by arrows only
- Animated wings

- Crafting Machine for custom recipes (may expand on this in the future in a different post)
- Two recipes for Omelette and Winged Armor
- Omelettes provide +2 max health when held in hand and can be eaten
- Winged Armor when worn gives speed, jump boost, and feather falling IV

Flying Machine
- Created when placing Winged Armor on armor stand with leather cap
- Can be ridden and flown in any direction you look!
- Animated wings

Guide Book (Not Normally Obtainable)
- Can be obtained at the command blocks that control everything by clicking the labeled sign
- Tells all features that come with this as well as information on all items and crafting

Download comes with:
- World download with command blocks
- Schematic of command blocks
- Note: You can find all items in a double chest at the command block mechanic

Using it in your world:
- Once pasted into your world, simply flick the lever up at the starting area to power the bird mechanic and press the button to create all scoreboards

- If you'd like to change the probability of bird chirping, bird flying, nest spawning, and/or bird spawning, you'll have to take out wool items from the hoppers that are facing into droppers in the randomizer. The more you take out, the more likely it will occur. From the hopper clock to the longer end, the hoppers link (you can see to where by following the redstone trail) from bird chirping, bird flying, nest spawning, then bird spawning. Current probabilities are 1/9, 1/81, 1/729, and 1/6561 respectively.

Easter Egg (shh!)
Turn Birds into Notch Birds! (Use on already existing birds)

Adult birds:
/entitydata @e[name=birdbigm] {Equipment:[{id:minecraft:skull,Count:1b,Damage:3s,tag:{display:{Name:"Notch"},SkullOwner:{Id:3B6671CB-52F8-2ED6-1C41-ABA9F84EC02D,Properties:{textures:{Value:e3RleHR1cmVzOntTS0lOOnt1cmw6Imh0dHA6Ly9pLmltZ3VyLmNvbS9HY2FOUGhsLnBuZyJ9fX0==}]}}} }]}

Baby birds:
/entitydata @e[name=birdm] {Equipment:[{id:minecraft:skull,Count:1b,Damage:3s,tag:{display:{Name:"Notch"},SkullOwner:{Id:3B6671CB-52F8-2ED6-1C41-ABA9F84EC02D,Properties:{textures:{Value:e3RleHR1cmVzOntTS0lOOnt1cmw6Imh0dHA6Ly9pLmltZ3VyLmNvbS9HY2FOUGhsLnBuZyJ9fX0==}]}}} }]}
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Update #6 : 12/05/2015 12:45:03 pmDec 5th, 2015

- Fixed steve heads displaying instead of bird heads

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  • Kyrim_Gaming
  • Level 6
  • Apprentice Architect
  • August 22, 2016, 5:19 am
This Is Incredible! NEVER seen anything like this. PLEASE MAKE MORE!
Hello once again. So recently I have been working on creating a creation of my own very similar to this, but I was wondering if you could tell me a bit about the teleportation. When my creature walks, I want the bat to be constantly teleported to the horse, and when flying, the horse constantly teleported to the bat. I understand how to teleport animals and entities to one another, but I wasn't sure how to alternate between the two like you have done. If you could help me out, that would be great, but I understand if you choose otherwise. Thanks! :)
  • Onnowhere
  • Level 62
  • High Grandmaster Cyborg
  • April 13, 2016, 7:37 pm
You can have a score for flying and when the score determines that it should be flying, run a different set of commands. For example, assume when Flying is 1, it is flying and 0 is not. Also assume that the flying score is shared between both entities. Then you could run these two commands:

/tp @e[type=Bat,score_Flying_min=1] @e[type=EntityHorse,score_Flying_min=1,c=1]

/tp @e[type=EntityHorse,score_Flying=0] @e[type=Bat,score_Flying=0,c=1]
  • Blackbox9
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • December 24, 2015, 9:11 am
Is there any way that you can post the crafting machine with a way to make custom recipes? that would be pretty cool.
  • doug111973
  • Level 19
  • Journeyman Architect
  • October 23, 2015, 8:22 am
doesnt work on a server world? just pasted it in a hole under spawn, and it just spams chat with errors till i flick the lever off.. will it even work on a multiplayer server??
  • Onnowhere
  • Level 62
  • High Grandmaster Cyborg
  • December 5, 2015, 7:55 am
It should work in 1.8.8 vanilla. Is the server running on plugins?
  • doug111973
  • Level 19
  • Journeyman Architect
  • October 10, 2015, 7:27 am
This is awesome! gonna try it tonight! Thanks! and More like this!! Please! :)
Hello. So I want to download this mod but I saw that you need to have MCEdit in order to download/import it. I was wondering if Worldedit would work as well? I don't have any mods but if I were to download one, what's the difference? And what would you reccomend? Any feedback would be great. Thanks!
  • Onnowhere
  • Level 62
  • High Grandmaster Cyborg
  • August 25, 2015, 11:43 am
The world in the download has it already installed. If you would like to import into your world, world edit can work as well if you know where to put the schematic file (also in download)!
could you go one step further and make dragons that you can tame as pets,oh and for the over achiever only one command,EVERYONE WOULD LOVE IT,i mean who wouldnt want a cute little dog sized dragon,there soooooooo kawaii(cute) ^_^
  • Zombiebrine1
  • Level 16
  • Journeyman Engineer
  • April 13, 2015, 12:27 pm
Is it possible to get this with JUST the birds and nests (with their functions)? I have a multiplayer server and lag is an issue with all of the other stuff.
  • Alex Skull
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Explorer
  • April 11, 2015, 3:23 am
It so cute!! :)
  • Kazooo
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • April 3, 2015, 11:10 am
I made fish.
This is inspiring everyone!
  • Haydenjames
  • Level 26
  • Expert Engineer
  • March 20, 2015, 1:01 pm
You should make this an only one command
you need to make an MCEDIT schematic so you can paste this into a minecraft world that has already been started
  • Foxy
  • Super Moderator
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Fox
  • March 12, 2015, 9:56 pm
There's one in the file he provides in the world download
Yea, i realized that afer i comented and i didnt feel like deleting/diting my comment.
I'm one of your biggest fans and i'm glad to see this awesomeness here on PMC.
1.8 gave us (with us i mean "us map makers") a new way to make things with command blocks; and i love it!

I'm here to congratulate you fot this awesome mod!

P.s.: i made a vanilla mod too, it's the lucky block mod in vanilla.. but your level of creativity and knowledge is much higher than mine that's why i will keep you an example for me.

p.p.s.: sorry for my bad english.
  • Pacifish
  • Level 11
  • Journeyman Engineer
  • January 13, 2015, 12:31 pm
A friend showed me this, and at first I didn't believe it was vanilla, until he proved it.  I gotta admit, this blew my mind.  I had no idea this sort of this was possible using only command blocks.  I cannot wait to tell all my friends about this "mod", and I hope that more like this are in the works.  Absolutely amazing!  Thank you so much for your work!
Did a spotlight of this "mod" :^D

I love this. This is so amazing, and the video was very well done. All the features of this command block creation are so awesome! :D

Suggestion: Right now the birds only follow you when you hold seeds (I think), can you make them tameable?
  • Pancholoco
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • December 7, 2014, 5:24 am
  • BradyMillman
  • Level 19
  • Journeyman Dragonborn
  • December 6, 2014, 9:32 am
OMG i am a redstone pro... BUT this!! just too much ;). !!! LOL
  • BiColours
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Network
  • November 21, 2014, 12:13 pm
So amazing... just... so amazing. <3
This is amazing and it's just the sort of outstanding gameplay I was hoping to have in my realm.  So, stupid question, how do I "paste" it into my world and/or how do I view the schematic?  Thanks so much!
  • Onnowhere
  • Level 62
  • High Grandmaster Cyborg
  • December 1, 2014, 3:57 pm
You can paste a schematic in using either MCEdit, or WorldEdit. WorldEdit is a mod that allows players to load schematics in game, though I don't know if it's working in 1.8. MCEdit, however, is an external program that lets you open any of your worlds and do things to it without having MC open itself, one of them being importing schematics directly into any world. I would recommend using MCEdit, much less trouble :P. When you launch it, load the world you want, and then click on the lower hotbar slot that is labeled "Import," and that will open your folders from which you load the schematic file and paste it into your world.
Thanks for the info, I figured it out myself the day after I posted. :)  Truly amazing work  and thanks again!
  • wolf2003
  • Level 3
  • Apprentice Miner
  • November 16, 2014, 5:59 am
how even!!
  • Shasskor
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • November 14, 2014, 5:55 am
Would you mind if i used this for a minigame? I have a great idea for a minigame use with the flying machine. All credits for your EPIC creation would of course be given to you!

Actualy, never mind, turned out my server wasn't able to host it. ^_^ Have a good day!
  • RedOakLumberZ
  • Level 33
  • Artisan Lumberjack
  • November 11, 2014, 9:31 pm
This is cool. I want to suggest it to my friend so he would consider adding it to the server but I dont think he would like the custom items and the flying machine.
If you can make a schematic for just the bird and its animations that would be neat aswell.
Other then that very good work.
  • Onnowhere
  • Level 62
  • High Grandmaster Cyborg
  • November 12, 2014, 10:58 am
If you remove the top 6 layers of command blocks (so 6 blocks from the top down and across the entire row) in the central rows of command blocks stacked up, that will completely remove the crafting machine and flying machine. Alternatively, you can simply remove the redstone blocks inside those top 6 layers if you ever want to keep them for the future.

A little diagram from the front view (front view can be seen in video) of the mechanic:

           remove the top half
[nest    ]   [center rows]   [animations]
[spawn]   [center rows]   [animations]
  • RedOakLumberZ
  • Level 33
  • Artisan Lumberjack
  • November 12, 2014, 4:42 pm
Thanks. I still do have to convince my friend to add it first, but thanks for the info. Still very amazing Idea.
  • The_Yakattack
  • Level 46
  • Master Demolitionist
  • November 11, 2014, 6:52 pm
  • levi3088
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • October 29, 2014, 8:32 am

I expect great things from you good sir, great things! :D
  • Mejtan
  • Level 16
  • Journeyman Mage
  • October 25, 2014, 7:18 pm
I've been waiting for a long time and my pet bird finally made a nest
  • Onnowhere
  • Level 62
  • High Grandmaster Cyborg
  • October 26, 2014, 10:04 am
  • Mejtan
  • Level 16
  • Journeyman Mage
  • October 25, 2014, 4:33 pm
sad ending for the red bird it made me shed a tear
but its a happy ending (':
  • Mejtan
  • Level 16
  • Journeyman Mage
  • October 25, 2014, 1:42 pm
thank you for making this :D
  • cashwarrior
  • Level 24
  • Expert Dragon
  • October 20, 2014, 12:28 pm
I think you should add more things to it, i mean it's amazing as it is, but if you want to add more, i have some ideas.
Wah, how?
how is the easter egg work like what do you do for notch birds?
ok nevermind i was just so derp...
  • Onnowhere
  • Level 62
  • High Grandmaster Cyborg
  • October 18, 2014, 12:00 pm
When you have birds in your world, use the commands by copying them into command blocks and activating them to turn all baby/adult birds into notch head birds :D
  • Punkamoar
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 50
  • Grandmaster Gent
  • October 17, 2014, 6:20 pm
Mind = blown

  • Wertusk
  • Level 41
  • Master Pirate
  • October 16, 2014, 8:00 pm
I know how you made this,you used armor stands and commands to make the birds look like
they were real mobs.
I can tell that the wings are musrooms and the tail of the red bird is a
redstone torch and the tail of the brown bird is with levers,the body of the
brown bird are buttons and for the baby birds you used miniature armor stands and
some buttons are used for the red bird too nice work
  • jerko12
  • Level 23
  • Expert Dragonborn
  • October 15, 2014, 7:37 am
very good. this is crazy.

you did a ver very good job.
Did i say that it is crazy ?
Should make some fish next.
  • Migl
  • Level 30
  • Artisan Fish
  • October 13, 2014, 12:13 pm
  • Migl
  • Level 30
  • Artisan Fish
  • October 13, 2014, 12:13 pm
  • Onnowhere
  • Level 62
  • High Grandmaster Cyborg
  • October 13, 2014, 10:05 pm
  • Migl
  • Level 30
  • Artisan Fish
  • October 15, 2014, 10:52 pm
:'  ]
  • Knightsunder
  • Level 57
  • Grandmaster Cyborg
  • October 12, 2014, 9:11 pm
I don't even, I can't even, I will never even again. Good luck outdoing yourself next time round.
  • joshuaade
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • October 11, 2014, 4:29 am
Mind=Blown and for some reason the schematic isnt working for me. i cant get the map or the commands
can someone help
  • LegoOreo1
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • October 11, 2014, 6:57 am
maby its your render distance?
  • Foxy
  • Super Moderator
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Fox
  • October 10, 2014, 10:12 pm
I'm going to guess that flag is by someone who thought this was a mod in the wrong section =P
Honestly I thought that about your piano upload when you first submitted it before I read the description and saw that you said it was in vanilla.
It's vanilla?! That's amazing!
  • Das_Felixle
  • Level 46
  • Master Creeper Hugger
  • October 10, 2014, 1:53 pm
*speechless* :O
  • TheLarsinator
  • Level 87
  • Elite Ghast Rider
  • October 10, 2014, 12:50 pm
Im simply amazed... Aweome!
  • MadstonMagic
  • Level 48
  • Master Artist
  • October 10, 2014, 11:04 am
Where did you came from!?
I wonder how many dollars your already got by making the youtube video!?
  • Migl
  • Level 30
  • Artisan Fish
  • October 10, 2014, 8:50 am
y u do dis
  • Cookiesz
  • Level 43
  • Master Creeper Hugger
  • October 10, 2014, 1:37 pm
Haha i just wanted to say that :P
  • RowanFN
  • Level 23
  • Expert Engineer
  • October 10, 2014, 3:46 am
This is pretty cool, but does it cause some lag? i know you haven't stated much with MP but could it cause some issues?
Hey onnowhere! Just wondering how you made the model for the birds look so good!?

Its built with armorstands right??

and also what did you use for the AI??
this is the COOLEST thing i have ever seen!
  • creepingpeng_
  • Level 2
  • Apprentice Explorer
  • November 21, 2014, 11:22 am
im pretty sure he used a chicken for the walking around stuff :d
It's so awesome that is the best creation on all the world.

You are the Notch's brother
Just Amazing what you cando wih command blocks these days
diamond subbed and liked!!!
you are just epic onnowhere keep up your good work!
  • Onnowhere
  • Level 62
  • High Grandmaster Cyborg
  • October 9, 2014, 4:24 pm
Thank you :D
  • SuperVSMini
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • October 9, 2014, 3:22 pm
This is the most amazing thing I have ever seen in Minecraft from when I started playing two years ago.
  • minimite
  • Level 6
  • Apprentice Engineer
  • October 9, 2014, 3:18 pm
It's easy to guess how this works, but I am thoroughly impressed you fine-tuned armor stands and able to summon them in so fast and easily on demand. Diamonds to you, fine sir.
  • snake_LcB
  • Level 20
  • Expert Toast
  • October 9, 2014, 3:13 pm
so birds are already in the game or what?
  • Plinkster702
  • Level 27
  • Expert Mountaineer
  • October 9, 2014, 2:16 pm
Magnificent! +1 Diamond, Favorited, and Subscribed! This is mindblowing that someone could make this with command blocks and armor stands. This and your piano are absolutely stunning pieces of work. I tip my hat to you, sir.
  • Onnowhere
  • Level 62
  • High Grandmaster Cyborg
  • October 9, 2014, 1:46 pm
UPDATE: Fixed a really dumb mistake of leaving some testing blocks on the randomizer. Birds actually make nests and spawn randomly around the player and fly now! Sorry about my error >_<

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