Artwork of Zelda and her Loftwing
|First appearance||Skyward Sword (2011)|
|Distinctions||Large, bird-like bodies|
capable of flight
|Notable members||Crimson Loftwing|
- "When we are young, every one of us meets our Loftwing under the great Statue of the Goddess. It's quite a big moment, as I'm sure you recall."
- — Gaepora
Each resident of Skyloft has a Loftwing of their own. Link's Crimson Loftwing is a unique breed previously thought to be extinct, which makes him a target for bullying. Throughout the game, Link uses his Loftwing to fly over the breaks in the Cloud Barrier in order to drop to The Surface.
Loftwings have poor vision at night and only certain knights of the Knight Academy have received the special training to fly in the dark. These knights' Loftwings are equipped with helmets that shine light at night.
In appearance, Loftwings closely resemble shoebills, a real life species of large, stork-like birds.
They may also be precursors to the Kargarocs one finds in Hyrule in Wind Waker and Twilight Princess as you see them still performing the function of Loftwings by carrying Bokoblins, Moblins, and Twilight creatures. One of these darker creatures was ridden by Midna (albeit, she was controlling it with powerful magic). They might have been corrupted by Ganondorf or, as Skyloft began to change and degenerate, so too did the Loftwings change to the world around them.