Origami Heaven

A paperfolding paradise

The website of writer and paperfolding designer David Mitchell


Paper Birds
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of folded paper birds. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.

There are separate pages for some individual designs:

The Paper Crane or Orizuru

The Dove

The Flapping Bird

The Nesting Crane

The Sparrow / Fat Sparrow

and also for some other popular types of paper bird:

Paper Peacocks

Paper Penguins


Instructions for making several other kinds of paper bird appear in 'Origami (Part 1)' by Isao Honda, which was first published in Japan in 1931

The Nightingale

The Crow

The Egret

(Pictures only - no folding diagrams)


The Swallow / The Copper Pheasant

The Crow with Legs

Simple Crane