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Oz character
Billina illustration by John R. Neill
First appearance Ozma of Oz (1907)
Created by L. Frank Baum
Portrayed by Mak Wilson (Return to Oz)
Voiced by Denise Bryer (Return to Oz)
Aliases Bill
Species Chicken
Gender Female
Children multiple Dorothys and Daniels

Billina is a fictional character in the classic children's series of Oz books by American author L. Frank Baum. She is first introduced in Ozma of Oz (1907).

Other adaptions

Billina appears in The Fairylogue and Radio-Plays (1908) with the credit "The Yellow Hen as Herself". Presumably a real hen was used in this lost film, as a real dog was used for Toto, also credited with playing himself.

In Disney's Return to Oz (1985), Billina is a main character. She is an animatronic puppet performed by Mak Wilson and voiced by Denise Bryer. Like the books, Billina arrived in the Land of Oz with Dorothy Gale. Later on, she hides in Jack Pumpkinhead's head. During the final battle against the Nome King in his monstrous form, Billina unintentionally lays an egg which falls into the Nome King's mouth enough to kill him. When Princess Ozma is crowned, upon being freed from the mirror by Dorothy, Billina elects to remain in the Land of Oz.

Billina appears in Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz. She is depicted as a red hen whose clucking can be understood by Scarecrow and is often seen inside Tin Man's chest compartment.

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