Phoenix defensive posture Picture

The myth of the burning phoenix arose because of its very unique threat display:
It makes itself look as big as possible and catches the light of the sun with its reflective feathers. It then waves its plumage and makes crackling noises to mimic a fire.

They sometimes use this technique to flush out potential prey.

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Lying in Death
PJO: Poseidon
Phoenix defensive posture
Lady of the Labyrinth