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Any birder who enjoys dressing up – for Halloween, cosplay, masquerade parties, festival contests, or just for fun – can’t resist a bird-themed costume. But how accurate are these costumes, and can they help you show off your birding passion?
Types of Bird Costumes
There are several costume styles that can feature feathered fashion. Mascot-style costumes are those with exaggerated features in order to be seen from a distance, and they are typically structured for free movement so the wearer can make grand gestures to pump up a crowd. Children’s costumes, on the other hand, focus on the cuteness of a bird and are more comfortable, easily worn costumes for younger birders, from infants to toddlers to preteens. Adult costumes have a greater variety of styles, from classic, simple costumes to more elaborate, stylized designs and even to “sexy” bird themes, all in adult sizes.
Which costume you choose depends not only on your age and style preferences, but the reason for wearing the costume. A mascot costume, for example, is not only ideal for a sporting event or other promotional wear, but could also be best for wearing in a parade or joining in a school carnival. Children’s costumes are great for any youth event, of course, but adult costumes have much more variability. A sexy-style bird is best kept for an adults-only party, but simple costumes are perfect for all sorts of situations, including fall festivals. Stylized designs with more elaborate markings can be showstoppers, particularly for costume contests or bird festivals where others will be on the lookout for the very best costumes.
There are many bird-themed costumes in mascot styles, complete with oversized feet, flexible wings, and full head masks. Try these fun options to make a big birding impact!
- Bald Eagle – Full plush costume with a fierce, glaring grin
- Give a Hoot Owl – Full coverage costume with bright autumn colors
- Macaw Parrot – Complete, colorful parrot costume with open bill
- Unisex Chicken – Lightweight onesie-style chicken with face opening
- Green Bird – Generic songbird, full coverage costume in bright green
Kids can look cute in nearly any bird costume, and there are many different options for youngsters to take flight with bird-themed costumes.
- Eagle Wings and Mask – Partial costume for dress-up creative play
- Parrot Wings – Rainbow wings to add to a colorful shirt and pants
- Peacock Dress and Wings – Full colorful costume with headband
- Penguin – Full body penguin costume with red bow tie
- Lovable Chicken – Plush full costume for young children
- Crow – Full crow costume with feather detailing
- Flamingo – Full-size flamingo costume body, neck, and head
- Toddler Duck – Plush, roomy duckling costume
Many birding festivals and nature centers host costume contests, and a bird-themed costume is the perfect choice. These costumes and costume accessories are a bit more detailed and can impress even the most fashionista birders.
- Women’s Cozy Owl – Stylized owl with ear tufts and a short skirt
- Ostrich – Oversized ostrich with face opening
- Sexy Peacock – Peacock-inspired sexy costume with feather details
- Black Feather Cape – Glamorous short shrug cape for ravens and other black birds
- Blue Parrot – Stylized but simple blue macaw costume
- Brown Feather Cuffs – Simple cuffs with long feathers for wrists or ankles
- Hedwig Wing Scarf – Snowy owl scarf with Hogwart’s letter
- Bird Feet Slippers – Talon slippers with white faux fur ankles
- Sexy Parrot – Blue parrot or peacock with tight bodice and short skirt
- Chicken Leg Stockings – Thigh-high stockings with bird legs
- European Robin Mask – Full head latex mask with sculpted feathers
Have you ever dressed up as a bird? Share your costume creations in the comments!