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Like kebbit tracking, you can start snaring birds right away at Hunter level 1 in Runescape. The only item you need to get started is a bird snare, which can be purchased for 6 gp each at one of the Hunter shops in Runescape – there’s one in Yanille and one in Nardah. It’s also possible to buy bird snares on the Grand Exchange, but be prepared to pay a lot more for them there than you would at the hunter shops.
When you first start out, at Hunter level 1, you’ll only be able to set one bird snare at a time. As you increase in level, you will be able to set multiple snares according to the following chart:
- Hunter Level 1 – 1 snare
- Hunter Level 20 – up to 2 snares
- Hunter Level 40 – up to 3 snares
- Hunter Level 60 – up to 4 snares
- Hunter Level 80 – up to 5 snares
Also, it is possible that a bird snare might fall over and vanish if you don’t keep a close eye on it or you are interrupted by a random event. So, it’s a good idea to have a couple spares, especially if you don’t have a quick method of getting to one of the hunting shops.
Before we get into how to use the snares, we’ll take a look at the different birds you can catch in Runescape and where they can be found.
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Types of Birds and Where to Find Them
All birds in Runescape will drop bones, raw bird meat, and some type of feathers. Here’s a list of the various birds you can snare along with some information about each one.
Crimson Swift – The Crimson Swift can be found in the Jungle Hunting Area, southeast of Feldip Hills near the shore. You can start hunting this bird at Hunter Level 1. In addition to bones and raw bird meat, the Crimson Swift will also drop red feathers which can be used for the same purposes as regular feathers. (Click any image for a larger view.)
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Tropical Wagtail – The Tropical Wagtail can be found in the Jungle Hunting Area south of Feldip Hills and requires a Hunter Level of 19 to snare. This bird drops stripy feathers, which work just like regular feathers when used in fletching, but have a special use in fishing. If you use stripy feathers with a fly fishing rod, you’ll catch rainbow fish instead of the types of fish you would catch with other feathers in Runescape.
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Wimpy Bird – In addition to needing a Hunter Level of 39 or higher, you’ll also have to reach a certain point in the As a First Resort quest before you can snare Wimpy Birds. These birds are located in the Oo’glog area and drop wimpy feathers. You’ll also have to burn tansymum weed in order to snare Wimpy Birds.
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How to Use a Bird Snare
Make sure you have some bird snares and head out to the area where the birds you want to hunt are located. When you spot some flying around, walk to the place where you want to set up a bird snare and click on the snare in your inventory to set the trap.
If you have a Hunter level of 39 or higher, you can smoke the trap to increase your chances of catching a bird, but this isn’t really necessary. Now, just wait for a bird to fly down and perch on the snare. This action will trigger the trap and, hopefully snare the bird. Sometimes, however, the trap can be triggered and the bird can get away. If this happens, you’ll need to dismantle the snare and set it up again. The image below shows two snares – one that hasn’t been triggered yet (on the left) and one that has been triggered and needs to reset (on the right).
Once a bird is trapped in the snare, go to the trap and check it. The snare and the loot from the captured bird (bones, raw bird meat, and feathers) will appear in your inventory.
Runescape Hunting Guide
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- Runescape Hunting Guide: Catching Ferrets and Rabbits
- Runescape Guide to Bird Snaring
- Runescape Hunting Areas
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