Latin name: Memnonides
Other names: Menedides, Mennonides
Category: Bird

A bird that flies from Egypt to Troy every fifth year

General Attributes

The memnonides are Egyptian birds that fly to the tomb of Memnon in Troy every five years, There they do battle with each other, suffering lacerations from talons and beaks. This story is based on Greek mythology: After the death of Memnon, his companions, who indulged in excessive wailing at his death, were changed by the gods into birds, called Memnonides, and some of them died of grief.