What is bird and why is this process running on my Mac?

Let's take a look again Activity indicator, then we find the bird process there, among other things. This background process – even if the translation of the word suggests it – has nothing to do with a bird. Rather, it serves to secure data. Below I have summarized further information about the bird process under macOS on the Apple Mac. Also in case it overloads the CPU.

What is the bird process for on the Apple Mac? What to do if bird background process uses 100% CPU and makes macOS slow? Here I have summarized the most important information and possible solutions!
What is the bird process for on the Apple Mac? What to do if bird background process uses 100% CPU and makes macOS slow? Here I have summarized the most important information and possible solutions!

The bird process on Mac: file transfer to iCloud storage

The macOS process bird, or too bir Daemon, is used to transfer information, files and documents to Apple's cloud service, i.e. iCloud. If iCloud backup is activated on the Mac, then this will Daemon active every now and then and uses a bit of CPU power accordingly. This can also take place selectively, e.g. B. when a new password is stored in the key ring and synchronized with the other devices via iCloud.

However, this shouldn't normally be noticeable. Because under macOS, bird and the transfer of data to the cloud are viewed as background processes. They are therefore in the hierarchy for CPU usage below the programs actively executed by the user (You can find out more about this and how to speed up background processes here). That's why this macOS process is usually only noticeable because of its name "bird". If it draws attention to itself due to a high system load, there are a few tips below.

Problem on Mac: bird process uses 100% CPU or more

In rare cases, bird may use too much processor power and the Activity Monitor will show CPU usage of 100% or more. This can have various causes, such as a faulty file that cannot be copied to iCloud, causing a query loop. But incorrect login data in the key chain can also be the reason. Last but not least, a general bug in the system is also possible.

The following approaches can solve the bird problem:

  1. Open the activity monitor and end the process
  2. Turn off the Mac, wait a moment, and then turn it back on
  3. Under System Settings -> Apple ID -> iCloud Disable cloud access for all apps, wait a moment, and then enable it again
  4. The one in the keychain (System Settings -> passwords) delete entries shown as damaged
  5. On Intel Macs, it can help to perform an SMC, NVRAM or PRAM reset - here are the instructions for it

Conclusion: An important macOS process

bird is an intentional macOS process that is essential for the networked use of the Apple Mac. As a daemon, it is intended to simplify the use of the computer by automatically taking care of certain processes. Bird's task is specifically to copy information and files from the Mac to the iCloud in order to keep the backup there (either complete or related to specific apps and services) up to date. The parent process from which bird is started is included launchd, the first macOS process called by the kernel when the Mac starts.

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