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The zhar-ptitsa is commonly known as the firebird in English. It is a magical bird which is depicted as glowing red, yellow and orange (thus the fiery name). It is a large beautiful bird with wondrous plumage which comes from a faraway land and is both the bringer of blessings and doom as most Russian fairy tale creatures are. The firebird is rarely a major character in any fairy tales, rather they are the object of quests as the bird itself is highly coveted but very difficult to obtain. Those who seek the fire bird may find a feather from it which charms them into seeking the creature out, but which they usually blame for the many obstacles they may face on the way.