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Air - Creatures of the Sky

Part of the Mythic Creatures exhibition.

Roc model: 11-foot-long roc with large, sharp talons swooped above the heads of visitors on a wingspan of nearly 20 feet in the exhibition.
© D. Finnin/AMNH

Have you ever wondered what it feels like to fly? The smallest bird has powers we will never share. But mythic creatures of the air have even greater powers. Imagine a bird so huge it blocks out the sky, or stirs up storms with its wings. In myths and stories, winged horses, dragons, and even people all have the power of flight. These stories help express the wonder and awe inspired by looking up at the sky.