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Non-canon warning: This article or section contains non-canonical information that is not considered to be an official part of the Legend of Zelda series and should not be considered part of the overall storyline.

The Watarara are a race of bird-people found only in the Ocarina of Time manga. Although they somewhat resemble the Rito, they are far more bird-like in appearance. Their mouths are their beaks, instead of being separate from them. They also have a more chaotic feather arrangement than the Rito and simple tunics are their clothing of choice. The women can wear headbands, but it can be noted that Queen Elrora does not seem to wear clothes except for a pair of bracelets very similar to her son's.

History

Link first discovers the Watarara while fishing, as he finds Prince Rouru and he is identified by Dr. Mizumi in Lakeside Laboratory. The prince is revived, but is snooty and mean to those around him. He tortures Navi, and Link is upset by his behavior. When a tornado appears on Lake Hylia and Link goes to fight the monsters inside, he teaches Rouru the meaning of courage.

Society

Their social structure is very similar to their Rito counterparts with a hereditary chieftain ruling over the tribe. They are a migratory race that hails from unknown lands and fly through Hyrule once a year. Children are not able to fly, much like Rito children. They do not require magic scales to gain their wings like the Rito do, but merely grow them when the fledglings are ready. They fly to new lands on the eve of the seasonal winds - a sort of coming of age rite for them. Coincidentally, Kaepora Gaebora has a striking resemblance to the attendant of the Watarara leader. The only known Watarara are Prince Rouru, his attendant Guufo, and the leader, Queen Elrora, though there are many unnamed individuals in one image.

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Behind the scenes

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Despite being non-canon, the Watarara would serve as the inspiration for the Rito race that appeared in The Wind Waker. In a joined interview of the artists and Legend of Zelda director Eiji Aonuma at the end of the The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past manga reveals that the design team for The Wind Waker was directly inspired by the Watarara to create the Rito as Eiji Aonuma really liked the short story and they needed characters able to carry information to Link very swiftly across the open sea. Though Watarara were more like giant birds than humans, but had a similar gaining of wings past a certain age and the same chieftain leadership structure.

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