THE ORNITHES STYMPHALIDES (of Stymphalian Birds) were a flock of man-eating birds which haunted Lake Stymphalis in Arkadia. Herakles’ destroyed them as his sixth labour, employing first a rattle to rouse them from the thick vegetation of the lake, then shooting them down one by one with bow and arrow or a sling.
The birds were then placed amongst the stars as the constellations Aquila, Lyra and Cygnus.
The Stymphalides were sometimes identified with the arrow-shooting Ornithes Areioi (Birds of Ares), encountered by the Argonauts on the Black Sea.
Lake Stymphalis in Arkadia
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