A Bird's Name (鳥の名) is a title for those who contain the meaning of a bird in their name. It is suggested that one must be worthy enough to hold this title. It has an important meaning in Mugenri for unknown reasons, which Tenkai Zuifeng explains as such: "'Birds' are those that soar through the heavens [...]
They naturally stand above the rest of the populace".
Characters with a Bird's Name
- JynX: Jynx is the scientific genus name of the wryneck, a type of woodpecker.
- Yabusame Houlen: Yabusame (藪雨), although it is spelled with different kanji, is also the Japanese word for the Asian stubtail, plus Hou (鳳) means "phoenix".
- Tsubakura Enraku: Tsubakura (玄鳥), more commonly read as genchou, is the Japanese word for swallow.
- Kurohebi: Kuro (烏) means "crow". Also, melanistic shimahebi are called karasu-hebi ("crow snakes").
- Aoji Shitodo: Aoji (蒿雀) is the Japanese word for the black-faced bunting. Also, Shitodo (鵐) is an old term for fledgling meadow buntings (鵐 hoojiro). There is also a specific type of bunting related to the Shitodo-Maekawa Shrine that was called an "Aohito" because of the blue stripe on its back.
- Hooaka Shitodo: Hooaka (頬赤) is the Japanese word for the chestnut-eared bunting. Same as above for "Shitodo".
- Kuroji Shitodo: Kuroji (黒巫鳥) is the Japanese word for the grey bunting. Their given name also includes roji (巫鳥, lit. "priestess bird"); this was another term for sacred buntings like those mentioned above. Along with above, the kanji for "Shitodo" is also "巫鳥" combined.
- Tsurubami Senri: Tsuru (鶴) means a crane.
- Hibaru Kokutenshi: Their given name Hibaru (ヒバル) means a "lark" or "skylark" (雲雀 Hibari, two types of birds).
- Tsugumi Umatachi: "Tsugumi" (ツグミ) is the Japanese word for thrush.
- Ooama no Ake no Mitori: Akamitori (朱鳥), with an omitted kanji, contains "Vermilion Bird". Shuchō is an alternative reading.
- Suzumi Kuzu: Suzu (雀) means "sparrow".
- Hoojiro Shitodo: Hoojiro (頬告鳥) is pronounced the same was as the meadow bunting. Putting 告 and 鳥 together gives Kugui (鵠), an archaic spelling of the swan. Also, Shitodo (鵐) is an old term for fledgling meadow buntings (鵐 hoojiro).
- Clause: "HISUI" (翡翠) and "Halcyon" are respectively Japanese and Greek for "kingfisher". It's not their real name, however, and their actual name remains unknown.
- Medias Moritake, despite being a penguin youkai, does not have a Bird's Name..
- Tom C. Zemlja: "Tom" can refer to male turkeys, but it's unclear if this is intentional. Their appearance is quite bird-like as well.
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