Bird Keeper (Trainer class)

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Bird Keeper
とりつかい Bird Tamer
Bird Keeper TCG.png
TCG artwork by Hideki Ishikawa[1]
Other names Birdboy (Stadium)
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
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
Stadium, Stadium 2
Gender Both*
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Anime debut [[]]
TCG debut [[(TCG)|]]
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Manga debut Who Gives a Hoothoot? (Adventures)

A Bird Keeper (Japanese: とりつかい Bird Tamer) is a type of Pokémon Trainer that debuted in the Generation I games. They are generally depicted as young men carrying bird cages, except in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum and their remakes, in which they are female. HeartGold and SoulSilver use the Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum sprites in the Battle Frontier, mainly for compatibility between the games when playing the 2-player mode of Battle Tower's Multi Battle.

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

In Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, Bird Keepers will award three Poké Balls along with prize money upon being defeated, except for Master Trainers.

In Pokémon Stadium, they are known as Birdboys.



In the core series

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Sprite from
Red and Blue
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Generation II
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Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
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FireRed and LeafGreen
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Generation IV*
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HeartGold and SoulSilver
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Overworld sprite from
Generation I
Overworld sprite from
Generation II
Overworld sprite from
Ruby, Sapphire, and Emerald
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FireRed and LeafGreen
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Generation IV*
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HeartGold and SoulSilver
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VS portrait from
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
VS model from
Let's Go, Pikachu!, Let's Go, Eevee!
VS model from
Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl
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Overworld model from
Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
Master Trainer VS model from
Let's Go, Pikachu!, Let's Go, Eevee!

In other games

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Portrait from
Japanese Stadium
Portraits from
Stadium 2


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Art from Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

Trainer list

Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow

Pokémon Gold and Silver

Pokémon Crystal

Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire

See more: List of Battle Tower Trainers (Ruby and Sapphire)/Bird Keeper

Pokémon Emerald

See more: List of Battle Frontier Trainers (Generation III)/Bird Keeper

Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen

Pokémon Diamond and Pearl

See more: List of Battle Tower Trainers (Diamond and Pearl)/Bird Keeper

Pokémon Platinum

See more: List of Battle Frontier Trainers (Generation IV)/Bird Keeper

Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver

See more: List of Battle Frontier Trainers (Generation IV)/Bird Keeper

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

See more: List of Battle Tower Trainers (Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl)/Bird Keeper

Pokémon Stadium

Pokémon Stadium 2

In the anime

Rosebay, a Pokémornithologist in the anime

Several Bird Keepers appear in Johto: Malachi and Denjirō in Carrying On!, Wilbur in Fly Me to the Moon, Wings Alexander in Throwing in the Noctowl.

In Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl, Rosebay, the character of the day of A Staravia is Born!, appears to be a female Bird Keeper and refers to herself as a Pokémornithologist. This character being a female is consistent with the depiction of the Bird Keepers in Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum.

In the manga

Pokémon Adventures

Gold, Silver & Crystal chapter

A male Bird Keeper in Pokémon Adventures

A male Bird Keeper first appears in Who Gives a Hoothoot?, where he hosts a game in which the participant has to capture the Wooper that are let loose in a given amount of time. So far, none of the challengers have succeeded. Gold 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 is about to have his Hoothoot stop the clock, Hoothoot starts to get confused. The other participants then realize that his business is fake. His cover blown, the Bird Keeper quickly retreats.

A female Bird Keeper in Pokémon Adventures

The same Bird Keeper reappears in Really Raikou & Entirely Entei I, where he encounters Falkner, as he too specializes in bird Pokémon. He shows Falkner his collection of recently caught Pokémon, interesting him. The Bird Keeper does not give any of them away. When Raikou and Entei appear, the Bird Keeper gets excited and wants to catch them. Entei almost attacks him, but Falkner, flying on his Skarmory, grabs him just before he is hit. He is then seen riding on Falkner's Skarmory while Falkner battles the two legendary Pokémon. The Bird Keeper has trouble keeping up with 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 fails to catch them, the Bird Keeper gets trapped by a boomerang Poké Ball and arrested by Falkner.

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

Emerald chapter

In Facing Gulpin Is Hard to Swallow, a virtual Bird Keeper using a Taillow is seen at the Battle Tower.

Platinum chapter

A female Bird Keeper makes an appearance as a background character in the Platinum chapter. She first appeared with a crowd entering the Battle Frontier when Palmer told his assistants to open the gates. Later, she saw Looker flying on his jetpack while he was looking for Platinum.

HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter

A Bird Keeper appears amongst the people visiting the Safari Zone in Weavile Wobbles But It Won't Fall Down.

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 Aipom, Aibo, used Swagger on Hoothoot, causing it to become confused. Hoothoot reappeared in Really Raikou & Entirely Entei I.

None of Hoothoot's moves are known.

Debut Who Gives a Hoothoot?
Bird Keeper's Wooper
Wooper (multiple)
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?
Bird Keeper's Taillow
Taillow was used by a virtual Bird Keeper at the Battle Tower.

None of Taillow's moves are known.

Debut Facing Gulpin Is Hard to Swallow
Bird Keeper's Swablu
Swablu was briefly seen with its Trainer when they were entering the Battle Frontier.

None of Swablu's moves are known.

Debut Deprogramming Porygon-Z
Bird Keeper's Pidgey
Pidgey briefly appeared with its Trainer in the Battle Frontier.

None of Pidgey's moves are known.

Debut Clobbering Claydol
Bird Keeper's Jumpluff
Jumpluff was seen with its Trainer while exploring the Safari Zone Gate.

None of Jumpluff's moves are known.

Debut Weavile Wobbles But It Won't Fall Down

In the TCG

This listing is of cards mentioning or featuring Bird Keeper or their Pokémon in the Pokémon Trading Card Game.

Bird Keeper's Pokémon
Cards listed with a blue background are only legal to use in the current Expanded format.
Cards listed with a silver background are legal to use in both the current Standard and Expanded formats.
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Rowlet Grass Darkness Ablaze Common 011/189 Infinity Zone C 006/100
Shining Fates Common 006/072 Shiny Star V   001/190
Shining Fates Rare Shiny SV001/SV122 Shiny Star V S 200/190
Starly Colorless Darkness Ablaze Common 145/189 Infinity Zone C 082/100
Swanna Colorless Darkness Ablaze Rare 149/189 Infinity Zone U 086/100
      Shiny Star V   145/190
Shining Fates Rare Shiny SV096/SV122 Shiny Star V S 295/190
Other related cards
Card Type English
Rarity # Japanese
Rarity #
Bird Keeper Su Darkness Ablaze Uncommon 159/189 Infinity Zone U 094/100
      Shiny Star V   172/190
Shining Fates Rare Ultra 066/072 Shiny Star V SR 193/190
      VMAX Climax   155/184


In other languages

Language Title
Chinese Cantonese 養鳥人 Yéuhngníuhyàhn *
操控鳥的人 Chōuhung Níuh-dīk Yàhn *
Mandarin 養鳥人 / 养鸟人 Yǎngniǎorén *
飼鳥使者 Sìniǎoshǐzhě *
操控鳥的人 Cāokòng Niǎo-de Rén *
操縱鳥的人 Cāozòng Niǎo-de Rén *
France Flag.png French Ornithologue
Germany Flag.png German Vogel-Profi (VII)
Vogelfänger (I-VI)
Italy Flag.png Italian Avicoltore ()
Avicoltrice ()
South Korea Flag.png Korean 새 조련사 Sae Joryeonsa
Portugal Flag.png Portuguese Ornitólogo )
Ornitóloga ()
Spain Flag.png Spanish Ornitólogo ()
Ornitóloga ()


Trainer classes in the Pokémon core series
Kanto Ace Trainer*BeautyBikerBird KeeperBlack Belt*Bug CatcherBurglarCamper*ChampionGSCFRLGHGSSPE
ChannelerElite FourGSCFRLGHGSSPEEngineerFishermanGamer*GentlemanGym Leader*GSCFRLGHGSSPE
HikerJugglerLassPicnicker*Poké Maniac*Pokémon Trainer*GSCPEPsychicRivalRocker
Roughneck*SailorScientistSuper NerdSwimmerTamerTeam Rocket Grunt*Youngster
BoarderHGSSDouble TeamHGSSFirebreatherGSCHGSSGuitaristGSCHGSSMediumGSCHGSSPokéfanGSCHGSS
Cool CoupleFRLGCrush KinFRLGSis and BroFRLGYoung CoupleFRLGHGSS
Coach TrainerPEKarate MasterPEPunk GuyPETeam RocketPETeam Rocket AdminPE
Master TrainersPE
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 TeamHGSSElderHGSSPasserbyHGSSYoung 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 & Bro*Swimmer
Team Aqua GruntSEASTeam Magma GruntREORTeammates*TriathleteTuberTwinsWinstrateYoung CoupleYoungster
Ace DuoORASBrains & BrawnORASBackpackerORASDelinquentORASFairy Tale GirlORASFare PrinceORASFree DiverORAS
LeadersORASLorekeeperORASMysterious SistersORASProprietorORASRotation GirlORASScuba DiverORAS
Secret Base ExpertORASSecret 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 GirlBeautyBird KeeperBlack BeltBug CatcherCameramanCamperChampion
ClownCollectorCommanderCowgirlCyclistDouble TeamDragon TamerElite FourFisher*GentlemanGuitarist
Gym Leader*HikerIdolInterviewersJoggerLadyLassMadame*Ninja BoyParasol LadyPicnickerPIPoké Fan*
Poké KidPokémon BreederPokémon RangerPokémon TrainerPolice Officer*PsychicRancherRanchers*
ReporterRich BoyRoughneckRuin ManiacSailorSchool KidScientistSkierSwimmerTeam Galactic Boss*
Team Galactic Grunt*Tower TycoonTuberTwinsVeteranWaiterWaitressWorkerYoung CoupleYoungster
Arcade StarPtCastle ValetPtFactory HeadPtHall MatronPtMaidPtGAME FREAK'sBDSP
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