That is one ugly-ass bird.
The Leafwing is a species of avian reptile monster that first appeared in the Legendary Pictures films Kong: Skull Island, and reappears in the film's tie-in comic Skull Island: The Birth of Kong. The creatures are also featured very briefly in the third entry of the MonsterVerse, Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
- 1 Design
- 2 History
- 3 Abilities
- 4 Books
- 5 Comics
- 6 Trivia
- 7 See Also
- 8 Comments
Leafwings are bat-like creatures with massive spiked proboscises on their foreheads. Their wings are green and they resemble green leaves.
The Monarch expedition to Skull Island encountered Leafwings on three occasions. While Preston Packard and several soldiers were looking for Chapman, they spotted a tree with dozens of Leafwings perched on its branches. Packard took aim at one of the creatures with the scope on his M14 rifle, shooting it in the head and scaring away the others.
James Conrad's group was beset by several Leafwings while traveling by river on the Grey Fox. Conrad and Slivko were unable to get a clean shot at the birds as they carried off Nieves, and the group could only watch as he was dismembered and devoured in mid-air.
Leafwings disturbed by the battle between a Skullcrawler and the remaining members of the expedition attacked the latter, killing several soldiers. Conrad sliced several of them in half with Hank Marlow's katana while rescuing Slivko.
The Leafwings are capable of flight.
Leafwings have thermal sight.
The Leafwings have spikes on their proboscis that contain an anesthetic agent.
The Leafwings' role in the novelization is the same as in the film, although they are specified to have originated from Skull Island and escaped Monarch Outpost 33.
- Although the Leafwing is described as being a subspecies of the Psychovulture, the creatures' species names indicate that they belong to different genera entirely, with the Leafwing's genus being named as Icarus while the Psychovulture's genus is Vultra.
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- Bibbiani, William (1 June 2019). [SPOILERS] Michael Dougherty Explains the OTHER Monsters in ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’. Bloody Disgusting.