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|Other languages:|| German: Geistervogel|
|TV Show:||"The Thing With Feathers"|
A Seltenvogel (pron: ZEL-tən-voh-gəl; Germ. selten "rare" + Vogel "bird") is an extremely rare, bird-like Wesen. Seltenvogels are so rare in the Wesen community that they were thought to be extinct in most circles, although one appeared in "The Thing With Feathers".
While out on a romantic getaway with Juliette, Nick encountered a Klaustreich, Tim Steinkellner, who had a Seltenvogel wife named Robin. He had originally seduced her, but started keeping her prisoner, even force feeding her, along with his cousin, Sheriff Munson. They planned to keep her until she produced her Unbezahlbar.
Monroe told Nick that in high school, he lost his girlfriend, Molly, to a Klaustreich, who then got her pregnant, and she delivered his litter at prom. When she told her parents, they reported him to the police. Enraged the Klaustreich slashed Molly's face before skipping town. It is implied that Monroe killed or severely injured the Klaustreich out of revenge. The event also left him with a hatred for them.
After realizing something was wrong, and seeing Robin try to escape, Nick intervened. He tried to save her and got into a fight with Tim, who although strong, proved no match for him. Nick kicked him out of his window, and saved Robin. Nick called Sheriff Munson, unaware that he and Tim were working together. Munson arrived, and together he and Tim went after Nick and Robin.
After cutting out the Unbezahlbar, Nick was cornered by Tim and Sheriff Munson. By using the threat of smashing the Unbezahlbar, Nick was able to distract them by throwing the Unbezahlbar in the air. He overpowered the sheriff and chased down Tim, who had caught the falling Unbezalbar. Tim tripped, causing the Unbezahlbar to fly up into a tree branch and smash into tiny pieces. The two were arrested by the regional police.
When woged, they have a multi-colored head and beak, and glittering golden eyes. They are not very strong, given their long history of captivity, and easy prey for stronger Wesen. They are prized for developing a brittle, egg-shaped stone made of gold, called an Unbezahlbar, and were enslaved or imprisoned in earlier times and force-fed to produce them. The stone develops in a sac in the Seltenvogel's throat, and if it is not removed, the Seltenvogel can suffocate and die. It can be safely removed by making an incision near the windpipe, taking care to avoid the major blood-vessels of the throat, and then lifting the sac containing the Unbezahlbar out.
Like many Wesen species, Seltenvogels are afraid of Grimms. However, they are willing to trust them if they prove trustworthy, or if they have no other choice.