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Flock of Bird Masks! Group Costume Idea

Posted on 5 September 2018 in Top Lists

Get together with a bunch of your birdwatcher or bird lover buddies and go as a flock of feathered friends for Halloween!

These full face masks can be paired with appropriately-colored clothing to copy your chosen bird's plumage. I've given you some ideas along with the masks below. Note that we've covered bird costumes before so a couple of these masks have been shared on the blog in the post Fly Like a Bird this Halloween!

Since I'm an avid birder I've also given my opinion on some of the masks' authenticity to species. They are all obviously birds but some are hard to pin down to species or have strange form or color aberrations. Going as a flock of bird is a fun group Halloween costume idea for any bunch of friends, especially if they are birders, too!

1Fun European Robin Latex Mask

I'd rate the color on this mask as B+ and the form a solid C -- the beak is too fat for an insectivore like the European Robin. Robins have eyes on the sides of their heads so you'll be looking through small holes near the mouth when you go as Robin. This mask would pair nicely with an orange top and a grey or off-white pair of pants. You'll be trick-or-treating for insects.

2Bald Eagle Full Face Latex Mask

Dress up as America's bird with this adult Bald Eagle mask. This is a pretty good likeness of the species -- B+ all-around. The mouth is agape for some reason -- that's where you'll be looking out of when you're wearing this one. Wear with an all-brown outfit and put on a white waist apron backwards for your majestic tail and you're done! You'll be trick-or-treating for small mammals, fish, or roadkill.

3White Rooster Chicken Costume Mask

If you'd like to go as a domestic bird, this chicken mask is a good choice. The depicted bird is a white rooster, so wear this with an all-white outfit. You'll be looking through the open mouth of this mask. You'll be trick-or-treating for grains and grubs. And you'll want to stay away from the Bald Eagle.

4Bubo Horned Owl Face Mask

This owl mask is a bit hard to pin down to species. By plumage and facial structure it looks more like a Long-eared Owl than the more common Great Horned Owl. Since owls have front-facing eyes, you'll be looking out of small holes near the eyes for this one. A dirty brown or tan outfit would go well with this mask. A tan camo ensemble would also work. You'll probably be trick-or-treating for small mammals.

5Fun Duck Halloween Costume Mask

Dress up as a Mallard with this green duck face mask. I'd give the structure of this one a C, coloration is a solid B. There are small eyeholes at the sides of the duck's bill so you can see when you're swimming around on Halloween night. Pair this with a brown top, tan pants, and orange shoes. Bonus points if you have a white collar and blue chaps. If more than one of your buddies wants to be a duck, this mask also comes in domestic duckling yellow. You'll be trick-or-treating for duckweed and other aquatic vegetation with the occasional worm or snail.

6Rock Dove or Pigeon Face Mask

Dress up as the most recognizable bird in the world when you sport this fun full face pigeon mask! This one looks great and makes such an easy costume -- plumage variance in this bird means you can pair the mask with virtually any outfit for a plausible look. If you'd like a cleaner look or have more friends who want to go as a flying rat, this pigeon mask also comes in an all-white version. You'll be trick-or-treating for French fries, popcorn, pizza scraps and whatever crumbs you come across.

7Ivory-billed Woodpecker Latex Mask

Dress up as one of North America's most sensational species with this Ivory-billed Woodpecker mask. Are you extinct? Do you still thrive in southeastern swamps? If anyone takes your photo, make sure it's blurry. This would go well with a black and white outfit, like a black shirt with white jacket and black pants. You'll be trick-or-treating for grubs and suet.

8Scarlet Macaw Latex Costume Mask

This mask is a pretty good likeness of a Scarlet Macaw. These big loud birds have amazing rainbow plumage so you can have fun with the clothes you wear with this one. On top you could wear a red shirt with a big yellow belt or a yellow shirt with a red bolero. On the bottom you could wear blue or green shorts over red tights. You'll be trick-or-treating for fruits, nuts, and seeds.

9Northern Cardinal Bird Costume Mask

Why are Northern Cardinals depicted with yellow beaks in popular culture and novelty masks? Chicks have brownish grey beaks that become red when the bird reaches maturity. It's never yellow. On this mask I'd like to see the black around the beak a bit darker. Otherwise this is certainly recognizable as a Northern Cardinal, one of the most common neighborhood birds found in the eastern United States. This is an easy costume -- just wear red. You'll be trick-or-treating for sunflower and safflower seeds.

10Emperor Penguin Halloween Costume Mask

This mask of an Emperor Penguin is spot-on as far as plumage and structure go. A+. You'll be able to look out of the bird's open mouth. Wear this with a white outfit topped with a black jacket (a traditional tuxedo would also do nicely) to complete the look. You'll be trick-or-treating for squid and fish.

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