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. There are two variations, like every other Iblis monster, one orange that takes one hit to destroy and another purple, which takes two. The latter was never named.