Aurelians were a bipedal, avian race. They stood taller than most Humans, and had bright yellow feathers and blue eyes. Although resembling birds, the Aurelians did have humanoid arms and legs, and were perfectly capable of using devices like a tricorder. (TAS: "Yesteryear")
Background information Edit
The Aurelians very much resemble the Skorr, as the animated Aurelian character design was reused for the Skorr as a budget-saving measure. (Star Trek Magazine issue 158, p. 52) In the text commentary to "Yesteryear", Aleek-Om is even described as a member of the Skorr. The Aurelians were not the only species to be reused in TAS; the swooper animations were also used, modified slightly, for the Maravel dragon and mechanical sentinel.
In the stage directions from the script of "Yesteryear", Aleek-Om was described as "a native of the planet Aurelia, and he is a bird-like creature of blue-green hue." In the actual episode, he is instead a golden color.
The novelization of "Yesteryear" (in Star Trek Log 1) describes the Aurelian Aleek-Om as having an "intricate scroll" – a sign of manhood – tattooed on his beak, "wide, black eyes," as well as a "brilliant gold and blue-green plumage."