The Stymphalian birds were the pets of Ares. They had metallic claws and sharp beaks. They roamed the swamps of Arcadia and preyed on large animals and sometimes humans. They were slain on the orders of King Eurystheus as part of Heracles' 6th labour.
|Twelve Labours of Heracles|
|Slaying the Nemean Lion • Killing the Lernaean Hydra • Capturing the Ceryneian Hind • Capturing the Erymanthian Boar • Cleaning the Augean Stables • Slaying the Stymphalian Birds • Capturing the Cretan Bull • Capturing the Flesh-Eating Mares of Diomedes • Obtaining the Girdle of Hippolyta • Capturing the Cattle of Geryon • Stealing apples from the Tree of the Hesperides • Capturing Cerberus|