Rigged and Animated for: LightWave 8.5 and up 3ds Max 8 and up MAX 2017 generated FBX MAX 2009 generated FBX Lightwave 2015 generated FBX OBJ - includes base object and all morph target objs
Both models come with several pre-animated scenes to get you started.
The feathers are geometry so they render fast and no plugins are needed.
The wings are animated using the 3 bones within each. The wings are folded using one of several morph targets.
You can also make adjustments, like spreading the wing tip feathers and spreading the tail using morph targets.
The main controlling object is the 'ROOT' bone
I have provided several scene files to get you started: Zero Land-Take off Fly loop
The feet and legs are controlled by 'LT-Foot' and 'RT-Foot' respectively. (Lightwave) The feet and legs are controlled by 'LT-FootControl' and 'RT-FootControl' respectively. (Max)
There are 3 'neck' bones, a 'head' bone and a 'lower beak' bone.
There are 23 Morph targets. (Lightwave) There are 23 Morph targets. (Max)
The 'Mouth' phonemes are controlled by 8 Morph targets: located when you select the mesh and go to 'Object' => 'Properties' => 'Deform' (Lightwave) located when you select the mesh and go to 'Modify' => 'Morpher' (Max)
But the mouth can be opened and closed with a bone as well.
The wings are controlled by 3 bones each and have 3 Morph position, to spread the wing tips and 10 morph positions to manipulate the wing