From Sonic Retro
These fire monsters are phoenix-like birds that burst into action when an enemy gets too close. Once the wings unfurl, Takers can either attack with small fireballs or dive bomb for a melee strike. Takers often hover over wide-open spaces, making them perfect “stepping stones” for crossing over gaps by means of Homing Attacks. Like every Iblis monster, they are red-brown coloured and weaker (one hit to destroy) then their Mephiles' counterpart, which is purple-black coloured and is stronger (two hits to destroy). The Mephiles' counterpart was never named.