Re; the suggestion about birds…. I thought about what birds are like... and how painfully extreme a birdform would be... and oput my thoughts here as opposed to the suggestion, because I'm not suggesting it, just amusing myself...
oh, they'd have really really good AC when flying.
think about how hard it is to hit a flying bird with a bullet as opposed to a shotgun... But those hollow bones ?
my take on it...
Inflight (running): +10AC,+20%Move,Attack based on dex,+2AB,Dam:1-4+Str, No reflex saves vs AreaofEffects items
Not in flight: -5AC,Dam:normal
At all times... HP reduced by 75% due to bones
I thought it was weird they have crazy low dex myself, being able to fly is like, the most extreme feat of dexterity ever isnt it?
But yeah, its not about realism, fun and balance is the key.
I'd see the fly high thing as hotseats for druids.