How to play CuBirds Official Rules

By: Dennis B. B. Taylor

Welcome to the CuBirds Game!

Are you ready to embark on an exciting avian adventure? Here, I’ll guide you through the CuBirds game rules, so you can start playing like a pro! Let’s dive right in.


In CuBirds, your goal is to score the most points by creating flocks of colorful birds. Flocks are formed when you play bird cards with matching colors. The more birds you can group together, the higher your score will be. Keep an eye out for powerful cards that can help you create impressive flocks!

Set Up

To begin, shuffle the CuBirds deck and deal each player a hand of 12 cards. The remaining cards are placed face down to create the draw pile. Turn over the top five cards from the draw pile to create the “display” row. These cards are now available for players to choose from during their turns.


Each turn, you have the option to take one of two actions: draw cards or pick a card from the display row.

  • If you choose to draw cards, you can either draw two cards from the draw pile or take all the cards from a single column in the display row.
  • If you choose to pick a card from the display row, you can select one card and add it to your flock. However, you must replace the card you took with a card from the draw pile. This keeps the display row filled for the next player.

At the end of your turn, refill the display row with cards from the draw pile as needed.

Flock Creation

The core of CuBirds is creating flocks. To do this, you need to play bird cards with matching colors. When you create a flock, place the bird cards in front of you. Your score is determined by the number of cards in your largest flock. So, try to group as many birds as possible to maximize your points!

End of the Game

The game ends when the draw pile is empty and a player finishes their turn. At this point, each player counts the number of cards in their largest flock. The player with the highest score wins the game! In the case of a tie, the player with the most flocks wins. If there’s still a tie, the player with the most cards overall wins.

Now that you know the CuBirds game rules, it’s time to gather your flock and start playing! Have fun and may the birds be with you!

Every day, a bunch of birds land on the fences in our countryside. They get all mixed up and confused when it’s time to fly back home because they can’t figure out how to form groups. I can help them find their way back to their nests.

The Game Pieces

Getting Started

First, we need to choose one person to be the dealer. The dealer mixes up the 110 Bird cards and puts 4 rows of 3 cards faceup in the middle of the table.

Each row must have 3 different kinds of birds. If there are any rows with the same bird more than once, we need to remove the extra birds and replace them with new cards until each row has 3 different birds.

So here’s how it works:

First, we shuffle all the remaining cards and create a draw pile. This pile is placed in the center of the table where everyone can reach it. Each player is then given 8 Bird cards from the draw pile as their starting hand. These cards are dealt face down by the dealer.

Next, the dealer gives each player one Bird card face up. This card is placed in front of the player, and it becomes the first Bird in their collection. Make sure to leave enough space next to the draw pile for a discard pile.

Did you know that there are 110 Bird cards in the game? They come in 8 different species!

In the bottom-left corner, you can see how many copies of each Bird card you have.

So, How Do You Win?

Well, the goal of the game is to be the first player to collect a set number of Bird cards. To win, you need to gather the following collection in front of you:

In my search for knowledge, I came across this intriguing topic – the diversity of living organisms on our planet. It got me thinking about the incredible variety of life that surrounds us every day. It’s fascinating to consider that there are not one, two, or three species, but a whopping seven different species on Earth.

Now, let’s dive deeper into this captivating subject. Have you ever wondered about the reasons behind this rich tapestry of biodiversity? What factors contribute to the immense variety of life forms that coexist in our world? I’m about to fill you in on some interesting insights.

Firstly, it’s intriguing to learn that this abundance of species is not haphazard or random. There are various factors that come into play, shaping and influencing the diversity we observe. From geographical factors to environmental conditions, these elements contribute to the incredible array of organisms around us.

One such factor is the geographical layout of our planet. Different regions and ecosystems offer unique conditions, which lead to the evolution and adaptation of distinct species. For example, you may find certain types of plants and animals thriving in tropical rainforests, while others prefer arid desserts. This geographical variability plays a significant role in the biodiversity we experience on Earth.

The environmental conditions within each region also greatly impact the distribution and survival of various species. Factors like temperature, humidity, and availability of resources such as water and food are vital determinants. Organisms must adapt to their specific surroundings in order to thrive and reproduce successfully, leading to the development of diverse life forms.

Additionally, the process of evolution over millions of years has played a crucial role in shaping the biodiversity we observe today. Through natural selection, species have evolved traits and characteristics that enable them to survive and reproduce in their respective environments. This gradual and continuous process has led to the incredible variety of life forms we see around us.

So, there you have it – a glimpse into the fascinating world of biodiversity and the factors that contribute to its existence. The diversity of species on our planet is truly awe-inspiring, and studying these intricacies can help us appreciate the remarkable complexity of life. As I reflect on the astounding number of species – all seven million of them – I am filled with a sense of wonder and gratitude for the beauty that surrounds us.

So, imagine this: you and at least three of your buddies are playing a game with cards and birds. Pretty cool, right? Let me break it down for you.

How to Play

Here’s how it goes: the game is played in a series of rounds. At the start of each round, everyone has 8 cards in their hand. The round keeps going until one player runs out of cards.

Now, pay attention: each player takes their turn in order, starting with the dealer and going clockwise. When it’s your turn, you can lay down one or more cards in the center of the table. Why? So you can snatch up some cards from the table to add to your hand, of course.

But that’s not all! You can also complete a Flock to add some birds to your collection. It’s like building your very own bird army. Awesome, right?

We keep taking turns until the round ends or until one of us manages to win the whole game. So stay on your toes.

During your turn, you have to lay down some birds from your hand. Then, if you want, you can complete a Flock. And after that, it’s the next player’s turn. Keep the circle going, my friend. Clockwise, just like before.

1. Laying Birds (Step One)

First, I pick a Bird card from my hand. The goal is to play all the Birds of the same species that I have in my hand.

I then place these Bird cards one by one, either to the left or right of one of the 4 rows in the center of the table. It doesn’t matter what species of Bird is already in the rows.

If I decide to place a Bird card in a row that already has one or more Birds of the same species, I must take all the cards between those Birds back into my hand.

Guess what? I have a friend named Mary who owns four birds! That’s right, four adorable feathered friends. Now, Mary absolutely loves playing with her birds, but she has a special fondness for her two parrots.

So, here’s what happened: I had these two Parrots, and I decided to place them on the left side of the row. But, oh no, there was already another Parrot on the other side! I had to do something about it. So, I thought, why not surround that other Parrot with a Pink Flamingo and an Owl? That way, I can keep my Parrots together and create a little bird gang.

Once I did that, I grabbed the Pink Flamingo and the Owl and put them in my hand. Now they’re my secret weapon, ready to be used whenever I need them. Pretty cool, right?

Now, let’s talk about the rest of the Birds. I had to make sure they were all in line and neat. So, I slid them together, arranging them in a way that they form one long, continuous row. It’s like a bird parade!

And that’s what I did with my birds. It may seem like a simple task, but trust me, it requires some strategy and thinking. You gotta make sure everything is in the right place, just like a bird architect. So, next time you have a bunch of birds, remember to plan ahead and have fun with it!

When I take the cards from the row, I like to reorganize them by bringing them together. It’s like giving them a little makeover.

After I take the cards, something special happens. If there’s only one type of bird left in the row, the dealer has to add more cards. They do this until there are two different types of birds in the row again. It’s like adding some new friends to the mix.

The cool thing is, the dealer can add the new cards to either the left or right side of the row. It’s like choosing where to place a puzzle piece to make the picture complete.

Hey there! Can you believe it? We’ve run into a bit of a bird problem. You see, all that’s left in the row are Parrots! We need some new birds to join the crew!

So, I added a Parrot card to the row. The row still only has one type of bird, so I decided to add another card.

I just added the second card, and it happens to be a Toucan. Now that we have cards from two different species in a row, the row is complete. The dealer won’t add any more cards to it. So, we now have a total of five cards in the row.

Here’s an interesting situation that could happen: let’s say a player puts down one or more Birds without having any other cards between Birds of the same species. In this case, they won’t be able to take any cards from the center of the table. However, they do have a choice. They can decide to take the two top cards from the draw pile and add them to their hand if they want to.

If you put an Owl or a Magpie here, you wouldn’t catch any cards or surround a bird. It’s a confusing situation, isn’t it?

First, I can choose to take the first two cards from the draw pile.

2. Gathering a Group (Extra Choice)

A Group is a collection of Birds that are all the same type. When I complete a Group, I get to add one or two Bird cards to my personal collection, which I keep in front of me.


Groups come in two different sizes: small or big.

All Birds of the same species share a common Flock number.

To complete a Flock, you must uncover all the Birds of the same species in your hand.

If you reveal enough cards to meet or exceed the requirement for a small Flock, you can add one of these cards to your collection.

If you reveal enough cards to meet or exceed the requirement for a big Flock, you can add two of these cards to your collection.

In both cases, any remaining cards are placed in the discard pile. You cannot reveal cards if you don’t have enough to complete a Flock.

So here’s the deal. I have this buddy named Fred, and he’s got quite the collection of magpies. You won’t believe it, but he’s got a total of 6 magpies – that’s no joke!

Now, Fred is a guy who likes to go big or go home. So, he decides that it’s time to complete a flock. He whips out all his magpies and lo and behold, he manages to put together a small flock consisting of 5 cards. Talk about making things happen!

Now, this may not sound like a big deal to you, but let me tell you, completing a flock is no easy feat. It takes some serious dedication and effort. But Fred, well, he’s always up for a challenge. So, he’s out there, doing his thing, making his dreams come true with his amazing magpie collection. Pretty awesome, right?

While I’m completing a small Flock, I keep one Magpie and add it to my collection in front of me. The other five Magpies go into the discard pile.

When it’s your turn, you can only complete one Flock, but you don’t have to. Once you add a Bird to your collection, you can’t put it back in your hand or the draw pile.

The Round Ends

As soon as you run out of cards in your hand, the round ends. Any cards other players have left in their hand go into the discard pile. The cards in the center of the table stay where they are.

Now that I’ve ended the round, I become the new dealer. I’ll give each player 8 cards from the draw pile.

If the draw pile runs out of cards, we’ll mix all the cards from the discard pile to make a fresh draw pile. The first person to play in this round becomes the new dealer.

Finishing the Game

If, at the end of your turn, you have 7 different species or at least 2 species of birds with a minimum of 3 Birds each in your collection, then congratulations! You win the game. The game stops right away, and the round comes to an end.

I have two Toucans and three Pink Flamingos in my collection. I can add another Toucan to my collection if I complete a small Flock. Once I have at least three Birds from two different species, I win the game right away.

If the dealer can’t distribute eight cards to each player, even after shuffling the discarded cards back into the draw pile, the game ends immediately.

The player who has the most Bird cards in their collection will be the winner of the game.

If there is a tie, the tied players will share the victory.

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