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The Birdwatcher,[a] also known as the Bird Lady,[b] is a character in The Precursor Legacy. Living in northwestern Sandover Village, she is an elderly woman who cares for the local avian wildlife. This notably included the flut flut, who she cared for along with Samos Hagai.

The Birdwatcher was one of the first to witness or be affected by increasing lurker aggression around Sandover, as a result of their movement south in search of Precursor artifacts and eco.

History[edit | edit source]

Jak and Daxter speaking with the Birdwatcher in her hut.

When Jak and Daxter approached the Birdwatcher, she mistook Daxter for a "spotted orange-bellied rain fray", presumably due to the ottsel's orange fur, and the fact that she first looked at him through her binoculars. She explained that the day earlier, she witnessed "terribly vicious" lurkers capture a mother flut flut, orphaning her egg atop a cliff on Sentinel Beach. The Birdwatcher requested that the duo rescue the egg in exchange for a power cell, in the mission "Push the flut flut egg off the cliff". She had already prepared a pile of hay to protect the egg upon impact.[10]

The Birdwatcher rewarding Jak with a power cell for rescuing the orphaned flut flut.

After Jak and Daxter completed the mission, the Birdwatcher stated she would care for the flut flut chick at the village, along with Samos.[11] Later, the Birdwatcher allowed Keira to outfit the chick with a saddle, so that Jak could use it as a mount for faster and longer travel.[3]

Characteristics[edit | edit source]

Concept art of the Birdwatcher.

The Birdwatcher is a human with fair skin, green eyes, and a stout build. She wears a thick green boilersuit with elbow bishop sleeves, and a blue utility belt connected to suspenders. Appropriate to her occupation, she wears a brown falconer's bracer on her right arm, and a yellow-orange bird suit on her head and around her neck, topped with a large blue feather. In addition to birdwatching, she uses her binoculars to watch over the village.[6]

The Birdwatcher is gentle yet eccentric; a delicate elder who can also be demanding. She is vigilant in caring for local wildlife, perhaps using her attire to promote trust with her charges, disguise herself, or both. She usually prefers avian affection to that of people;[6] her hut, located in northwestern Sandover Village, houses many caged birds, which chirp loudly and carry various colors (most resembling hummingbirds).

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The Bird Girl by Charles Zembillas.

Originally known as the Bird Girl during development,[12][13] the Birdwatcher was conceived by character artist Charles Zembillas as a "sexy librarian type who would have a passion for birds and other animals".[13] Art director Bob Rafei then produced a design with the signature bird hood, impressing Zembillas who felt "it was an instance where I wished I had thought of it myself".[14]

The non-canon "Where Are They Now?" section of The Official Jak 3 Guide details the Birdwatcher's post-The Precursor Legacy whereabouts. Supposedly named Tweetledov Perch, she opened an avian petting zoo for wayward and troubled birds, later becoming internationally famous when she used her bird suit to secretly live among wild birds for more than a decade. Her research was then documented in the film Chickens in the Misty Branches — My Life With the Great Eggs.[9]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Referred to as such by Daxter[2] and Keira,[3] as well as in The Precursor Legacy credits,[1] and in Prima's Official Strategy Guide.[4]
  2. Labeled as such in concept art,[5] in the game's Design Bible,[6] in the game asset files,[7] in the Jak 3 model viewer,[8] and in The Official Jak 3 Guide.[9]

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