Birds are a shy flying Mob that will fly away from the player when approached. They come in six different varieties: A white Bird (Dove), a black Bird (Crow), a blue Bird (Grosbeak), a yellow Bird (Canary), a red Bird (Cardinal), and a green Bird (Parrot).
Each Bird variety comes with its own unique sound.
Birds can be tamed by dropping Seeds ('Q' by default) near them. As untamed Birds are shy, you need to step away from the Seeds if you want the Bird to grab them. Once the Seeds have disappeared (the Bird has "eaten" them), you can right-click on the tamed Bird in order to place it on your head, much like a Bunny. If you have a Bird on your head, it will allow you to glide, meaning you can avoid fall damage and perform long horizontal distance jumps. Tamed Birds will not despawn or fly away from the player.
Tamed Birds can be named by right-clicking on them with a Book or a Medallion, and a Rope can be used on them. If you need to heal your tamed Bird, you can do so by feeding him Seeds (right-click by default)
Tamed Birds cannot be bred.
If you ride a Horse while a Bird is on your head, the Horse will gain a significant speed boost. So significant, it's nearly impossible to control your Horse.