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Bird portals are a means of transportation among the Mudokons. They consist of a group of 8 to 20 birds flying in a circle above the ground which, when activated by chanting, turn into a portal. Bird portals serve as the main way to help Mudokons and Fuzzles escape from the Industrialists.
Abe's Oddysee & Abe's ExoddusEdit
Bird portals are first seen in Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee and its sequel Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus. To open the portal Abe must chant, turning the birds into two fireballs that take Mudokons to an unknown location far away.
All Mudokons on screen will only run toward an open bird portal and jump through it if there is a direct path to the portal. Mudokons will do this even if there are hazards in the way such as Land Mines. Mudokons will not jump over, or avoid hazards, so it is best to clear a safe path before attempting to free a Mudokon. Mudokons in the background will not respond to portals in the foreground and vice versa.
Rotating bird portals also serve as transportation for Abe. They will stay open even after Abe has finished chanting and allow Abe to jump through these portals to new or secret areas.
In Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee either Abe or Munch can open bird portals through the action button. When they do a blue orb will form allowing any nearby Mudokon Scrubs or Fuzzles to enter it. For each Scrub and Fuzzle that goes through, it'll earn Abe or Munch 2 Spooce each, depending on who sent them through the portal.
New 'n' Tasty Edit
In Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty bird portals work identically to those found in Abe's Oddysee. Only the graphical effect has been changed.