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Loftwing
Princess Zelda Artwork (Skyward Sword)
Artwork of Zelda and her Loftwing
First appearance Skyward Sword (2011)
Homeland Skyloft
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

The Loftwings are a race from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. The citizens of Skyloft use them to fly to different regions in The Sky. Loftwings are also an integral part of the Wing Ceremony.

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.

It is notable that some Loftwings have 'hairstyles' matching those of their riders. For example, Groose's Loftwing has a large pompadour and Orielle's Loftwing has a long pigtail.

Theory

Theory warning: This section contains theoretical information based on the research of one or several other users. It has not been officially verified by Nintendo and its factual accuracy is disputed.

It is possible that Loftwings are the inspiration of the birdlike part of the crest of the Royal Family of Hyrule, which is, among many other places, found on the Hylian Shield.

Theory warning: Theories end here.

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