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Tobias morphing into his pseudo battle morph and true form, the red-tailed hawk

"It was a red-tailed hawk. Mostly brown on its back, a lighter, mottled brown and tan beneath. The bird took its name from its tail feathers, which were the color of rust. The hawk glared down at us with unbelievably intense brown and gold eyes."

The red-tailed hawk is a bird-of-prey native to the North American region of Earth that became Tobias' favorite morph, and the form he trapped himself in. Tobias' mother, Loren, as well as the Auxiliary Animorphs, acquired Tobias' hawk form, allowing them to morph the red-tailed hawk.


"Tobias, how on Earth did you do a hawk morph?"
"There's an injured hawk right there in Cassie's barn. There's this cool osprey, too, but I decided on the hawk."
Jake and Tobias[src]

In The Invasion, set in 1997,[1] Tobias acquired an injured male red-tailed hawk that was a patient being treated by Cassie's father at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic.[2] Three years later,[3] Tobias, who had been trapped in hawk morph shortly after first obtaining the morph, was acquired by his mother Loren in The Diversion so that she could escape from the Yeerks.[4] Most of the Auxiliary Animorphs also acquired Tobias in The Ultimate in order to have a raptor morph,[5] with James acquiring Tobias' red-tailed hawk form by The Sacrifice.[6]


"Now he has brownish feathers, and a white chest, and a reddish tail, and cruel-looking talons, and a wickedly curved beak. Tobias was trapped in a morph. Now, he's a red-tailed hawk. A predator who lives on mice and rabbits and sometimes other birds."
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For Loren, the morphing ability restores her vision, but not her memories. It also helps fix her brain damage. Tobias is the bird morph for most of the Auxiliary Animorphs. In The Absolute, one of the Controllers is mentioned to be in this morph.


Known Morphers


  1. The Andalite Chronicles is said to take place 10 years after the 1966 Yeerk exodus of The Hork-Bajir Chronicles and 21 years before Elfangor met the Animorphs. This places it in 1976, meaning the Animorphs met Elfangor in 1997.
  2. The Invasion
  3. This transpired in #49. Books #44-53 are all set in 2000.
  4. The Diversion
  5. The Ultimate
  6. The Sacrifice