The rare bird Robobird (Auros Thrudos) belongs to a specie of its own, called Superbird. The Robobird is the only living organism made of metal. It is simply decorated with black and gray metal feathers. It has a tiny bright orange beak, two thin legs, small round wings, and webbed toes. It weighs only about three pounds and can asexually reproduce metallic hatchlings in egg shells that weigh up to half a pound. Many traits combine to make this bird a unique specie of its own; it can see through walls up to five feet in thickness, can fly as fast as the speed of light, and can only eat metal pieces. It is the world’s rarest bird, with a population of 300 in the world.

Because the Robobird is made of metal, it is highly conductible. Its body temperature reflects on the temperature of the weather. The Robobird is able to withstand heat up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit. The Robobird does not sweat. It cools off by dropping its metal feathers. After the Robobird cools to a desired body temperature, the Robobird stops dropping feathers. To retain body heat, the Robobird grows metal feathers and increases its metal consumption up to five times. When temperatures drop below 20 degrees Fahrenheit, the Robobird hibernates in trees.


The Robobird was first brought to attention in 1988 by a Scottish American computer scientist named Jimmy Tarter. Tarter discovered the Robobird when he first saw a bird chew on a metal tin can in San Francisco, center of Northern California. He took the strange bird home and examined it. When put into a cage, the Robobird refused to eat worms or bird feed. Instead, the Robobird ate the metal pieces of the cage. Thus, he named the bird, Robobird, because the bird was made of metal and only ate metal pieces. In 1995, Tarter published his first research book, The Robobird, which brought Robobirds massive amounts of public awareness. In his book, Tarter collects his findings on the Robobird. Today, researchers are still unsure how the Robobird first originated. Many scholars believe the Robobird first originated when a bird flew into a computer.


Although the bird is still critically rare, it continues to grow in many parts of the Bay Area, a region that emcompasses the major cities in Northern California. About 70% of them are located in Palo Alto, the northwest corner city of Santa Clara County. Reproduction is difficult for the Robobird because they can only reproduce every ten years on average. Scientists are still trying to find new ways to increase their reproduction rate.

Public Concerns

Sometimes the Robobird is kept as a pet. However, a vast majority of the general public are concerned that the Robobird is a dangerous specie because it will cause disturbance to human civilization. The Robobird destroys people’s metal belongings, such as their computers.

Jasmine Chen