With only phantoms, bats, and parrots as naturally spawning sky creatures in the Overworld, I think there should be a little more diversity. There's such a lack of birds in the game that it makes me sad. Here are a few fun ideas to make the Minecraft world a little more realistic.
Of course: pigeons. These little suckers would be about the size of a parrot, and mostly gray in color, though white dove variants would also be possible to find. They would have like three hearts of health and would passive, but they also could have a purpose. Imagine being able to craft little cages for them. Essentially, you'd could make these little travel cages and put the tamed pigeon inside. You can actually mine the whole thing and keep it in your inventory, resulting in it being very travel-friendly. This comes in handy in multiplayer games because your friends can take your birds and give them a Message. When the pigeons are freed, they'll invariably fly back to their owner so long as they are in the same dimension and above ground. If this is not the case, the bird will circle overhead the coordinate you are located at, and it's equivalent in the Nether or End. They'd drop feathers when killed.
Waterfowl. I'm talking ducks, geese and swans. Ducks would be the default for lakes and rivers in forests/swamps, but geese would be more common in open areas. Swans would be found in colder biomes. In behavior, they'd all be the same: waddling around, swimming, tipping in the water, and nesting after they've been bred. They would not drop eggs like chickens, but lay them in their nests. (They'll chase you if you break their eggs, and each can deal 1 heart of damage per hit. Total health would be about four hearts, and they'd drop chicken and feathers when killed.
Now for the fun one: Birds of prey. They'd have two shape variations: Owl and Raptor. The Owls would be mobs that couldn't be tamed, but would reside in Villages houses and Woodland Mansions. They'd be more active at night, and would obviously make a lot of noise. Owls wouldn't cause any trouble to the player, but they would freak the hell out of undead monsters, making it less easy for them to raid a village and wipe everyone out. The Raptors would be the tamable ones, and they'll gladly kill rabbits, ducks, chickens, parrots, and pigeons and bring the loot back to you. They'll also chase phantoms away, which is kind of nifty.
As always, I am open to any suggestions or amendments placed in the comment section below.
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I love the idea! I think this would be perfect, but what about ocelots? I'd love to hear feedback of what cat vs bird would be like in minecraft. I think it'd be cool if the waterfowl chased away ocelots, pecking them, and the pigeons would get chased up a tree. Perhaps ocelots will be given a 1/3 chance to climb trees for pigeon hunting, and tamed cats will stop sitting if a bird is within 20 blocks of them.
I agree after some thought it is kind of pointless... then again aren't books? So why not? Like books they can be another little fun things with no point (unless it some type of adventure map I guess).
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How about Canaries? If you have one caged in your inventory, It will make loud noises to alert you of nearby hazards such as lava and hostile mobs. And Doves that can be used to find the nearest land mass while at sea? Working like an eye of ender, You'd release it so it can fly out and return in the direction of land.