forum How big is a Thunderbird?
Started by @TheGoldenLegend

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How big do you think a Thunderbird is? It says on some sits that a thunderbird “has a wingspan more than twice the length of a war canoe (approximately 20 feet)” and other sits that say it has the wingspan of 13 to 16 feet. On a few other sits it says, “they could easily carry a whale in their talons.” And a 20 (or 13’ to 16’) foot wingspan is to small to carry a whale, let alone an orca (which is about 32 feet long and weighs about 16,500 – 22,000 lbs.) Can y’all help me on this?


Honestly I think it just depends on varying factors. One thing to consider is the commonality, at least that I’ve personally seen, the fact that they should be able to carry a person, so take that as you will.

Maybe maturity plays a factor? If you think about it from a more scientific standpoint, it’s possible that each different recount is different from others, in the details like wingspan, because of the age of the Thunderbird. Younger ones would likely have shorter wings, be smaller in general, than their elders. If that makes any sense?


I want the size for an adult Thunderbird, if I find that, finding the size of the chick will be easy. All though this is a fantasy creature, looking at it in fantasized view point will most likely not give us the correct size of the bird, since in fiction anything can pick up anything via magic. We have to look at it in a more scientifical point of view (leaving out the fact the bird most likely won't be about to fly because of its mass {and that it can control storms ._.}). I do have an idea for the size of this bird, but I don't know it others (like anyone reading this) will think it's accurate.

I am using the size of an orca for finding the thunderbird size. Thirty-two feet is my base size for the fish and if its that long the bird should be twice that size (but maybe a little more shrunken down), that would make the birds length 64 feet; but an average size of 50' sounds better. Wingspan does not matter because wings come in all sorts of sizes, and I have to double its length of the bird's body to get a general idea of the wings size.

I am using a web that allows me to find the size differences in characters, but they will do for the Thunderbird and Orca.

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Just popping into say that wing size and shape do matter just a little. Doubling the thunderbird's length to find wingspan sounds like a reasonable calculation–just make sure that they are shaped correctly. Really big, broad wings like those on a hawk or eagle are great for catching the wind, soaring over land, and bearing heavy burdens, so they're probably the shape you want. While on that topic, it occurred to me that since thunderbirds can control storms, they might be able to control the wind so that it lifts them higher, thus making up for their great size and weight a little bit.
These are all just thoughts, but I hope they help. Good luck with this ^^


That to a very good point, and maybe since that can control and engulf themselves in lightning like phoenix, that can kinda work as a jet engine and help then shoot through the air.