The Never Bird is a recurring character from the Disney Junior animated series, Jake and the Never Land Pirates. She is a bird that lives on top of Never Peak, the largest mountain located on Never Land. Her vocal effects were provided by the late Russi Taylor.
It is currently unknown when or how the Never Bird met Captain Hook, but after that faithful encounter, the Never Bird served Hook as his henchmen until the episode "Never Say Never!". However, Hook does reveal some insight on the Never Bird in her debut, speaking about the bird in high regard before summoning her and seeing her as more codependent and resourceful henchmen, compared to even Mr. Smee and the rest of his bumbling crew at the time.
Role in the series
The Never Bird first appeared in the episode "Never Say Never!". Here, she works for Captain Hook and is ordered to steal Izzy's hipster twister hoop so that he may replace his ship's wheel. After she successfully retrieves it, she betrays Hook and takes it herself to Never Ever Peak Mountain, sometimes called Never Peak, where she resides and uses it as a decoration for her nest. Izzy and her crew reach the mountain and finds that she has used the hoop to create a nest. Using some vines, Izzy replaces it and becomes a friend of the Never Bird.
She later appears in "The Golden Egg", where Jake and his crew stumble upon a golden egg and ask the Never Bird whether it is hers. She claims it is not and joins them in their quest to find the parents. Before they can, Hook arrives, caging the Never Bird and stealing the egg. The captain is thwarted by Jake, freeing the Never Bird and saving the egg. The search continues, until a pair of hummingbirds appear and claim the egg, which hatches and reveals a hummingbird chick. The family is reunited and the Never Bird flies off.
The Never Bird was among Jake's Never Land friends who greeted him back on Pirate Island for his birthday celebration in "Jake's Birthday Bash!"
The Never Bird reappears in the episode "Mystery of the Missing Treasure!", when Jake and his crew found a feather left behind by the culprit who stole the Team Treasure Chest on Pirate Island. Skully suggests they journey to Buccaneer Bird Bluff. The young pirates ask the Never Bird, the Soprano Bird and the Sing-Songbird if they could identify the feather, however, the Never Bird and the Soprano Bird did not recognize the feather, but the Sing-Songbird revealed to the young pirates that the feather belongs to Fast Claw, the falcon of the sneaky thieving pirate, Beatrice Le Beak.
The Never Bird makes a brief appearance in the episode "Dancing with Pirates", Jake explains to the viewers that pirates have a lot of tasks to do, and as Jake looks through his spyglass, he spots the Never Bird flying to Never Ever Peak Mountain.
The Never Bird has made a few appearances in various printed material such as Birthday Bash and Winter Never Land. The Never Bird is featured alongside Jake, Izzy, Cubby, Skully and Winger on the cover of the Disney Junior Magazine Issue 16.
The Never Bird makes a brief cameo in the book, "My First Look Find Jake and the Never Land Pirates." she is featured on a cover of a book inside Captain Hook's Hidden Treasure Cave.
The Never Bird makes minor appearances in the Disney Junior app game "Jake's Treasure Trek". She can be spotted various times as Jake races through Jungle Run Isle.
The Never Bird makes a brief cameo in the Disney Junior online game "Sharky and Bones' Pirate Rock". Sharky and Bones host a concert on Pirate Rock, and it is up to the player to collect the various gems as Sharky and Bones play hit songs from the series.
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- In the original Peter and Wendy novel by J.M. Barrie, the Never Bird is depicted as a much larger bird; many incarnations bear similarities to the Wandering Albatross or even to the mythological Roc.
- The Never Bird, as she appears in the series, greatly resembles a Normal Grey Cockatiel.