Birders are minor enemies in Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove. They appear as flashing blue bird heads that float around the level diagonally (except for the ones in the Mysterious Area, which move back and forth at varying speeds instead). They bounce off of floors, walls, and ceilings, and cannot attack outside of simply colliding with the player. They are found in the Lost City, the Birder Herder challenge, the Mysterious Area, and the Forest of Phasing.

Birders are one of the toughest enemies boasting an impressive four hitpoints, aside from the ones in the Turbo Tunnel section of the Mysterious Area which only have one hitpoint. When defeated, Birders will drop a green gem. On contact with a Birder, the player will lose half a health bubble.

In King of Cards, it's revealed that the Birders have a ruler, King Birder, as well as their own living space, a mountainous region known as the Birder Bluffs.

Birders are also seen being handled by a Hoppicles variety known as a Birder Herder. Defeating the Herder first will release the Birder from its leash, who will then follow its usual moving pattern.


Like most enemies, Birders are instantly destroyed by the War Horn or the Dread Talon, which may be worth their high magic/darkness cost, particularly since they often appear in groups. Without using Relics, the best way to defeat them is to Shovel Drop/Dash Slash them; when they are hit they stay in place briefly and with good timing and aim it's possible to freeze them in place for the entire four hits. Plague Knight can do the same with repeated use of his Staff of Striking.


Red BirderEdit

Red Birder
In the Shovel Knight Challenge "Birder Herder", three Red Birders are present. They are identical to the standard blue Birders but are functionally invincible, having well in excess of one hundred hitpoints. It is technically possible to kill two of them by Shovel Dropping underneath a low ceiling during the Challenge but doing so takes nearly the entire time limit, making it impossible to also finish afterwards. Like normal Birders, they drop a green gem.


Specter of Torment introduces a variety of the Birders that are stuck in a Slime Block, known as Ambirders. The only difference between Ambirders and normal Birders is that Ambirders must be freed from their Slime Block in order to start moving, after which they behave exactly like a normal Birder.

Rainbow BirderEdit

Rainbow Birder

During his battle in King of Cards, King Birder can sometimes summon Rainbow Birders to aid him. They behave exactly the same as a regular blue Birder but only have one hit point.

Birder BearerEdit

Birder Bearer

Birder Bearers only appear in the Birder Bluffs Loot stage. They are invincible Birders with platforms on their back that King Knight can stand on.

Team BirderEdit

Team Birders

When a player picks up a Birder Egg in Showdown, a Birder with the same colors as that player's team will be spawned. These Birders behave exactly like the standard ones but will not damage players on the same team as them. They can also damage each other if they're on opposing teams. After a certain amount of time, they will start shaking and then disappear.

Birder CardEdit

One of the Joustus cards in King of Cards is a Birder card which has 2 Double Arrows: one facing up and the other one left. It's also a Complete Switch card, which means the arrows will change positions from up and left to down and right respectively after being pushed.

Birder Bearer CardEdit

One of the Joustus cards in King of Cards is a Birder Bearer card which has 3 Bomb Arrows: one facing up, one facing down, and the last one facing left. If pushed in those directions, it will destroy the card on that spot currently, sending it back to the player's/opponent's deck.


  • Curiously, Birders have a Steam emoticon, making them the only enemy and only non-character to have one.
  • Birders make an appearance in the portion of the Battletoads boss fight where they will actually move back and forth on the road and can be hard to avoid, as they fly at various speeds.
  • The Birder portrait has been present in the game's files since the release of Specter of Torment.


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