Michael J. Bird (31 October 1928, London – 11 May 2001, Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire) was an English writer.
In addition to several novels, he was perhaps best known for the television dramas he wrote for the BBC. His series for the BBC all had the common theme of being set in the Mediterranean - The Lotus Eaters and Who Pays the Ferryman? were set in Crete, The Aphrodite Inheritance was set in Cyprus and The Dark Side of the Sun took place on Rhodes. Breaking with this practice, his final series for the BBC, Maelstrom, was set in Norway.
Bird also wrote for the following series during his career: Danger Man, Special Branch, The Onedin Line, Arthur of the Britons, Secret Army and Warship.