The Klingon Bird-of-Prey was a type of warship utilized by the Klingon Empire serving the Klingon Defense Forces from the late 23rd century into the late 24th century. This type of craft, initially descended from its counterpart from a century earlier, was one of the most versatile warships employed by the Empire, serving a variety of mission roles, including that of a scout, raider, patrol ship, and cruiser.
On average, a Bird-of-Prey had a crew complement that varied from “about a dozen officers and men,” up to a crew of thirty-six. A skeleton crew of a half-dozen could adequately operate the ship Bird-of-Prey, and even take it successfully into battle.
Comparable in design to its 22nd century predecessor, exterior design of the Bird-of-Prey utilized the same basic avian design, including vaguely feather-like hull plating on its wings. On top of that, The Bird-of-Prey of the mid-24th century was said to be equipped with the Klingon Empire’s “best weapons” and “finest warriors”. While it is typically designated for mostly peaceful missions, they were always “be prepared to go into battle instantly.”