Five bucks says those are cranes. You see them a lot in art deco/art nouveau fixtures, probably because both periods had a certain amount of Asian influence, and those Asians love ’em some cranes.
This explains why Mary and I instinctively knew the lamp would look just right in our house. “Art Deco was a popular design movement from 1920 until 1939,” and our house was built in 1925. Perfect fit.
A friend of Mary’s on a homeschooling bulletin board said
depending on where this lamp was made, it might take on different popular birds… Art Deco usually focused more on song birds or exotic birds..
Durring the 1800’s in was very in vogue to have ornamental birds.. parrots, peacocks etc.. in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s the focus was more on hunting birds.. then in the 1920’sh period it was on exotic and song birds..
SO.. that being said, when this lamp was made and where (was it in france? the americas?) would be a big hint on the the type of bird. IF it was made in the later end of the art deco period, it would be possible that it could be a crane. I can’t find a picture of a real one with a curl, but I HAVE seen artist depictions of cranes with curls.
Hmm, so unlesss we get other information, we’re going to say our lamp features imperial pheasants. Here’s a photo she found of a scupture of a pheasant: