The Bird-of-Prey was a Klingon type of starship used by the Empire's Defense Force in the 22nd century, one of the early ships in the long line of Klingon Birds-of-Prey. (ENT episode & novelization: The Expanse)



Nimble bird-like craft known as birds-of-prey had been an essential part of the fleet since the Klingons achieved spaceflight. While the design was adapted to become more and more powerful, the basic layout of an engineering hull with a pair of wings and a bridge module connected by a long neck to the primary hull remained consistent. Like their precursors, the Bird-of-Prey of the 22nd century served as scouts and raiders. (ST reference: The Official Starships Collection #35)

In the early 25th century, the QuIDun- and Norgh-class Birds-of-Prey designs harked back to their earlier counterpart. The pointed bridge module and the dorsal superstructure on the engineering hull were reminiscent of their precursor. (ST video game: Star Trek Online)


At a length of 145.36 meters, the Bird-of-Prey was smaller than the D'ama- and D5-class battlecruisers and often served as escorts to them. (ST reference: The Official Starships Collection #35)

The Birds-of-Prey came to perform the roles of patrol ships and scouts and eventually supplanted the smaller Raptor-class in the 2150s. (ST reference: The Official Starships Collection #41)

22nd century Birds-of-Prey have a substantially higher number of disruptor banks compared to their later relatives however one assumes the disruptor cannons of later variations would be somewhat more powerful.

The Bird-of-Prey is a formidable opponent, but does possess one Achilles-heel: a direct hit on the main plasma junction above the sensor array can disable the entire power grid, at which point the vessel can be easily neutralized. (ENT episode: "The Augments")


The Birds-of-Prey in operation in the 22nd century are the earliest Birds-of-Prey known to be used by the Klingon Empire. Birds-of-Prey have been used in a number of engagements with Humans and one was even stolen by a group of Human Augments in the year 2154. (ENT episode: "Borderland")

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Bird-of-prey classes
Romulan birds-of-prey 2150slate-2150s bird-of-prey22nd century23rd century (Kelvin timeline)24th centuryT'varoT'LissVas HathamTemar Vastaram RomulanEmblem
Reman birds-of-prey T'varo RomulanEmblem
Klingon birds-of-prey 22nd century2260s23rd century (Kelvin timeline)M'ChlaB'relChuq'BehD12D'GavamaE4E6G2KhitomerK'vortQuDZ'gavastaZ'gavvaQulDunNorghKi'tangHegh'ta Klingon Logo
Klingon starship classes
Klingonese names AkifB'relB'RotlhBaka Re'Ber'taaBesz Ra'te'BirokBortasBortasqu'Ch'TangCharghwI'Chava'KalChontayChunDabChuq'BehChutokD'akaD'amaDath D'lanD'esta KarD'GavamaEakin K'nallFek'lhrH'ban PavHaqtajHegh'taHoH'SuSJach'EngJfolokhK'mirraK'nallK'nelK't'aggaK't'allaK't'ingaK't'karaK't'maraK't'rikaK'TancoK'vortK'vort ChaKalathKarasKas MaalK'el Ri'andaKh'exrilinK'hanakhKamaragKhitomerKl'arKlolodeKl'sarzaKl'xenovaKolothKom Ka'desKomo ValKorathKorebaKoro't'ingaKronosL'rexaLar'halLara'atanLI'wI'Mas To GalMat'HaMay'DujMoghMoQMortum HestaNa Ra'denNegh'VarNing'taoNorghNovNuQ'DujPachPeghqu'PIHPlen ZhaPumwI'Puyjaqqa'HoSQangQaw'DunQeh'RalQexaQeylIS BetleHQibQinQorghQuDRiskadhSivistaSomrawSuQ'jaghSuQobSuvwI'QehT'h'larTa'SubTajtiqTalat Kh'exestaTor'KahtV'al'konV'kar ZadanV's'taloTas'estaVakkVo'QuvVoDleHVoodiehVor'chaVor'KangZ'galZ'gavastaZ'gavvaZ'mortamaZha Mortas Klingon Empire
Translated names AccuserAdministratorAllianceBattle CruiserBird of PreyBringer of AgonyBringer of DestinyBringer of DestructionBringer of JusticeCarrier of DoomCatapultChancellorDeath BootDeath RiteDeath StalkerDefenderEmperorEnforcerEver VictoriousFat ManFierce RevengeGreat BirdGrim Reaper • (Gull) • HealerInsurrectionLittle KillerLucklessMenderMover • (Murph) • One WingPainbringerPathmakerPredator • (Raptor) • RavenousRelentlessRevengeSaberSeekerShadowSpeedstarStalkerStarStingerStingtongueStrong VictorStronger BirdSuspiciousSwiftwindSword of KahlessThrone SeekerTrader's GameTruthbringerTugboatUnseen CreeperWarrior's AngerWatcherWinner
Alphanumeric names B5D2D3D4D5D6D7 • (D7/D5 KlolodeD7 AkifD7AD7CD7GD7MD7RD7SD7 Koloth) • D9D10 (bird of prey)D10 (cruiser)D11D12 (bird of prey)D12 (cruiser)D14D16D18D20D32E4E6F5F5BF5CF5GF5GBF5KF5LF5WF5YF6FWKFWLFWCG2G3G4G5G6G8K3K4K5K6K14K15K17K18K22 • (K22B) • K23K24K26K27K30K32L6L9L13L24L42S4S5S8T3T5T12
By time period or type Birds-of-prey (22nd century bird of prey2260s bird of prey) • 23rd century scout vesselmobile battle basebattleshipcargo shipcolony shipconstruction shipdropshipmining freighterprison bargerepair shipscout ship

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