Feathers is a non-human character that appears in the Smurfs comic books, various episodes of the Smurfs cartoon show, and also the movies. It is a stork (or crane in the 1981 television series) that faithfully offers rides for the Smurfs to places that would take too long to get to on foot. It also at times protects the Smurfs from various dangers, such as the predatory Howlibird. In the comics and 2021 series, Feathers is an unnamed stork and there can be seen that there is more than one stork that can be seen riding the Smurfs. It is seen more in the earlier episodes of the 1981 cartoon television show.
Feathers' gender in the 1981 cartoon show is only mentioned once, in the episode "Grandpa's Nemesis", when Grandpa Smurf mentions 'Feathers and his friends'. There seems to be another stork that has appeared a couple of times in various episodes, but the name is not given. It is possible that this other bird is Feathers' mate or close friend.
- Although referred to once by a male pronoun in the cartoon, it is possible the instance could've been a scripting error and Feathers was meant to be female. In "Heavenly Smurfs", when Papa Smurf formed his guise as the conscience and used himself, Feathers and the steam cloud, the cloud dropped eggs on Gargamel.
- This is contradicted further in the comics, as Feathers (as an unnamed character) is referred by female pronouns in the comic book adaptation of The Smurfs And The Howlibird.
- It is possible Feathers' first appearance in the cartoon series is in "Jokey's Medicine". Feathers is only seen for a few seconds as Greedy Smurf, who is in midair thanks to one of Jokey Smurf's pranks, interferes with Feathers' flying and Feathers squawks in fear.
- In the 1981 television series, Feathers' species was changed from a stork in the comics to a crane.