“It... It... It hatched! The legendary Sand Bird is born! It broke the tower and flew away! That was unexpected...” -a Pianta (Super Mario Sunshine)
The Sand Bird is a character encountered in Super Mario Sunshine.
Super Mario Sunshine Edit
The Sand Bird first fully appeared in Episode 9, in "Gelato Beach - Episode 4: The Sand Bird is Born", after hatching. Previously, he was seen as an egg in the level; "Gelato Beach - Episode 2: Mirror Madness! Tilt, Slam, Bam!". In Episode 9, he was ridden on by Mario in order to collect 8 Red Coins.