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A D12-class Bird-of-Prey firing on the USS Enterprise-D

The Klingon Bird-of-Prey was a classification of starship used by the Klingon Empire. They were typically small and agile classes of ships which made up a significant proportion of the Klingon fleet along side the larger classes.



The Klingons produced numerous classes of starships designated Bird-of-Prey, traditionally these were smaller classes used as scouts. Over time the designation was expanded to be used on larger classes with a similar design to traditional birds-of-prey. (TOS movie: The Search for Spock; TNG episode: "Yesterday's Enterprise")

The typical Bird-of-Prey design featured a primary hull with a long protruding neck at the front with a command bulb at the end. Usually a photon torpedo tube was located on the lower side of the command bulb. To either side of the main hull are wings with disruptor cannons mounted at the end. Certain classes featured additional armaments such as rear firing torpedoes and additional disruptors. (TOS movie: The Search for Spock; TNG episode: "Yesterday's Enterprise"; ENT episode: "The Expanse", et al.)



The earliest known classes of Bird-of-Prey were in operation in the mid-22nd century. (ENT episode: "The Expanse")

A B'rel-class Bird-of-Prey

By 2370 the Empire had introduced one of the most successful and long serving class of Bird-of-Prey, the B'rel-class. The B'rel-class was designed from Romulan concepts obtained in the Klingon-Romulan alliance, the most notable technology integrated into the vessel from that alliance being a cloaking device. (TOS comic: Trekkers; ST reference: Starship Spotter)

The B'rel was a highly successful design and served long into the 24th century. It also spawned several other Bird-of-Prey classes of near identical design, including the D12-class and K'vort-class. Though the K'vort, and later Chuq'Beh-class were notably larger than the original B'rel design. (ST reference: Starship Spotter; TNG movie: Generations; TNG video game: Armada II, et al.)


Klingonese name standard designation alphanumeric designation classification known service period
22nd century bird-of-prey 2150s
Z'gavva-class Stronger Bird-class D32-class cruiser
D'Gavama-class Bird of Prey-class K22A-class far scout
B'rel-class K22B-class scout 2270s -- late-24th century
QuD-class Insurrection-class heavy destroyer 2290s
Taj-class Bird of Prey-class scout 2293
Z'gavasta-class Great Bird-class L42-class frigate
K'vort-class light cruiser 2nd quarter 24th century -- late-24th century
D12-class scout 2350s
Khitomer-class 24th century
Chuq'Beh-class 2370s


Bird-of-Prey classes
Romulan Birds-of-Prey 2150s22nd century24th centuryT'LissVas Hatham
Klingon Birds-of-Prey 22nd centuryB'relChuq'BehD12D'GavamaKhitomerK'vortQuDZ'gavastaZ'gavva

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The Klingon Bird-of-Prey was the designation for several classes of starships fielded by the Klingon Empire.

Klingon Birds-of-Prey

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