Bird Keeper (Trainer class)

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Bird Keeper
とりつかい Bird Tamer
Spr HGSS Bird Keeper.pngSpr DP Bird Keeper.png
Male Bird Keeper Sprite from HeartGold and SoulSilver, and female Bird Keeper sprite from Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver
Other names
Introduced in Generation I
Appears in Red, Blue, and Yellow
Gold, Silver, and Crystal
Ruby, Sapphire, Emerald, FireRed, and LeafGreen
Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver
Gender Both
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A Bird Keeper (Japanese: とりつかい Bird Tamer) is a type of Pokémon Trainer that first debuted in the Generation I games. They are generally depicted as young men carrying bird cages, except in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, in which they are female. Their design in HeartGold and SoulSilver appears to have been intended as a male version of the Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum design. HeartGold and SoulSilver use the Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum sprites in the Battle Frontier, perhaps to avoid changing all the female names used.

As their name suggests, they specialize in Flying-type Pokémon that are based on birds, like Pidgeot.


Spr RG Bird Keeper.png SJP Bird Keeper.png Spr GS Bird Keeper.png Spr RS Bird Keeper.png Spr FRLG Bird Keeper.png Spr DP Bird Keeper.png Spr HGSS Bird Keeper.png
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Red and Blue
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Stadium JP
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Gold and Silver, and Crystal
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Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
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FireRed and LeafGreen
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Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold, and SoulSilver*
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HeartGold and SoulSilver
Bird Keeper I OD.png Bird Keeper II OD.png Guitarist RSE OD.png Bird Keeper FRLG OD.png Ace Trainer f IV OD.png Bird Keeper Guitarist HGSS OD.png
Overworld sprite from
Red and Blue
Overworld sprite from
Gold and Silver, and Crystal
Overworld sprite from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
Overworld sprite from
FireRed and LeafGreen
Overworld sprite from
Diamond, Pearl, Platinum, HeartGold and SoulSilver*
Overworld sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver

Trainer list

Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal

Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire

Pokémon Emerald

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

Pokémon Platinum

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

In the manga

A bird keeper in Pokémon Adventures

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

A bird keeper first appears in Who Gives a Hoothoot? where he hosts a game in which the participant has to capture the Wooper that will be let loose in a given amount of time. So far, none of the challengers have succeeded. Gold then accepts the bird keeper's challenge much to his amusement. Unbeknownst to the bird keeper, Gold had his Aibo use Swagger to confuse Hoothoot before they began. The bird keeper starts the challenge and Gold manages to capture many Wooper. When the bird keeper was about to have his Hoothoot stop the clock, Hoothoot started to get confused. The other participants then find out his business being fake. The bird keeper immediately retreats after his cover was blown.

The bird keeper is shown to break the law, conning children and poaching.

The same bird keeper reappears in Really Raikou & Entirely Entei I where he encounters Falkner as he too specializes in bird Pokémon, still in his thieving ways. He shows Falkner his collection of Pokémon recently caught which made Falkner somewhat interested. The bird keeper does not give any of them away. When Raikou and Entei appear, the bird keepers gets excited, which makes him want to catch them. Falkner flies away on his Skarmory and grabs the bird keeper in time before he got hit by Entei. He is then seen riding on Falkner's Skarmory where Falkner uses Skarmory to battle the two legendary Pokémon. The bird keeper had trouble keeping up with Falkner's Skarmory's flying speed. He continues to ride on Falkner's Skarmory in Really Raikou & Entirely Entei II, watching Falkner take on the legendary beasts. After Falkner was unsuccessful in catching them, the bird keeper gets trapped by one of his boomerangs and gets arrested by Falkner.

He makes a cameo in The Last Battle XIII as one of the people who volunteered their Pokémon for transfer.


On Hand
Bird Keeper's Hoothoot
Hoothoot is the bird keeper's partner Pokémon. In its first appearance, it served as a timer when the bird keeper set up a game in which certain Pokémon have to be captured in a set time. However, the bird keeper had Hoothoot decrease the amount secretly. Gold was able to find out about this when his Aibo swaggered Hoothoot, causing it to get confused. Hoothoot made a cameo in Really Raikou & Entirely Entei I.

None of Hoothoot's moves are known.

Debut Who Gives a Hoothoot?
Bird Keeper's Wooper
During a fake business, the bird keeper set up a game where the participant was required to capture some Wooper in a given amount of time. They were given special Poké Balls to capture them though. After his business was revealed to be a fake, the Poké Balls which possibly contained the Wooper were left behind and the bird keeper ran off.

None of Wooper's moves are known.

Debut Who Gives a Hoothoot?


In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 飼鳥使者 Sìniǎoshǐzhě
France Flag.png European French Ornithologue
Germany Flag.png German Vogelfänger
Italy Flag.png Italian Avicoltore ()
Avicoltrice ()
South Korea Flag.png Korean 새 조련사 Sae Joryeonsa
Spain Flag.png European Spanish Ornitólogo ()
Ornitóloga ()

Trainer classes in the Pokémon core series
Kanto Ace Trainer*BeautyBikerBird KeeperBlack Belt*Bug CatcherBurglarCamper*ChampionGSCFRLGHGSS
ChannelerCue BallElite FourGSCFRLGHGSSEngineerFishermanGamer*GentlemanHikerJugglerLass
LeaderGSCFRLGHGSSPicnicker*Poké Maniac*PKMN TrainerGSCPsychicRivalRocker
Rocket Boss*FRLGHGSSSailorScientistSuper NerdSwimmerTamerTeam Rocket Grunt*Youngster
BoarderHGSSDouble TeamHGSSFirebreatherGSCHGSSGuitaristGSCHGSSMediumGSCHGSSPokéfanGSCHGSS
Cool CoupleFRLGCrush KinFRLGSis and BroFRLGYoung CoupleFRLGHGSS
Beta Trainer class:
Sevii Islands Aroma LadyBikerBird KeeperBlack BeltBug CatcherCamperCool CoupleCooltrainerCrush Girl
Crush KinCue BallFishermanGentlemanHikerJugglerLadyLassPainterPicnickerPokéManiac
PKMN BreederPKMN RangerPsychicRuin ManiacScientistSis and BroSwimmerTamer
Team Rocket AdminTeam Rocket GruntTwinsTuberYoung CoupleYoungster
Trainer Tower only:
BeautyBurglarEngineerRockerSailorSuper Nerd
Johto Ace Trainer*BeautyBikerBird KeeperBlack Belt*BoarderBug CatcherBurglarCamper
ChampionExecutive*FirebreatherFisherman*GentlemanGuitaristHikerJugglerKimono GirlLass
LeaderMediumPicnickerPokéfanPoké Maniac*PKMN TrainerPoliceman*PsychicRivalSage
SailorSchool Kid*ScientistSkierSuper NerdSwimmerTeacherTeam Rocket Grunt*TwinsYoungster
Mystery ManCHGSS*
Double TeamHGSSElderHGSSYoung CoupleHGSS
Battle Frontier only:HGSS

Aroma LadyArtistBattle GirlCameramanClownCollector
CowgirlCyclistDragon TamerIdolJoggerLadyNinja Boy
Parasol LadyPIPoké KidPKMN BreederPKMN Ranger
RancherReporterRich BoyRoughneckRuin ManiacSocialite
Arcade StarCastle ValetFactory HeadHall MatronTower Tycoon

Hoenn Ace Trainer*Aqua AdminSEASAqua LeaderSEASAroma LadyBattle GirlBeautyBird KeeperBlack Belt
Bug CatcherBug ManiacCamperChampionCollectorDragon TamerElite FourExpertFisherman
GentlemanGuitaristHex ManiacHikerInterviewersKindlerLadyLassLeaderMagma AdminREOR
Magma LeaderREORNinja BoyOld CoupleParasol LadyPicnickerPoké FanPoké ManiacPokémon Ranger
Pokémon TrainerPokémon BreederPsychicRich BoyRuin ManiacSailorSchoolkid*Sis and BroSwimmer
Team Aqua GruntSEASTeam Magma GruntREORTeammates*TriathleteTuberTwinsWinstrateYoung CoupleYoungster
Ace DuoORASBrains & BrawnORASBackpackerORASDelinquentORASFairy Tale GirlORASFare PrinceORASFree DiverORAS
LorekeeperORASMysterious SistersORASProprietorORASRotation GirlORASScuba DiverORASSecret Base ExpertORAS
Secret Base TrainerORASSootopolitanORASStreet ThugORAS
Battle Frontier only:E
Arena TycoonDome AceFactory HeadPalace MavenPike QueenPyramid KingSalon Maiden
Battle Institute and Battle Maison only:ORAS
ArtistBattle ChatelaineButlerChefFurisode GirlGarçonGardenerMadameMaidMonsieurOwnerPreschoolerPunk Girl
Punk GuyRising StarRoller SkaterSchoolboySchoolgirlScientistTouristVeteranWaitressWorker
Sinnoh Ace TrainerAroma LadyArtistBattle GirlBeautyBelle & PaBird KeeperBlack BeltBug CatcherCameraman
CamperChampionClownCollectorCommanderCowgirlCyclistDouble TeamDragon TamerElite Four
FishermanGalactic BossGalactic GruntGentlemanGuitaristHikerIdolInterviewersJoggerLadyLassLeader
Ninja BoyParasol LadyPicnickerPIPokéfanPoké KidPKMN BreederPKMN RangerPKMN Trainer
PolicemanPsychicRancherReporterRich BoyRoughneckRuin ManiacSailorSchool KidScientistSkier
SocialiteSwimmerTower TycoonTuberTwinsVeteranWaiterWaitressWorkerYoung CoupleYoungster
Arcade StarPtCastle ValetPtFactory HeadPtHall MatronPtMaidPt
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