aves is the plural form of ave.
aves is the plural form of ave and roughly translates to birds.
usage note
Feminine nouns that begin with a stressed "a-" or "ha-" sound in Spanish use the definite article "el" in the singular.
feminine noun
1. (animal) 
a. bird 
Las aves que pasaron volando sobre mi casa se dirigían al sur para pasar el invierno.The birds that flew over my house were heading south for the winter.
1. (animal) 
a. bird 
el Ave Fénixthe phoenix
ave del Paraísobird of paradise
2. (fig) 
ser un ave de pasoto be a rolling stone
ave de presabird of prey
3. (también fig) 
ave rapaz o de rapiñabird of prey
4. (general) 
¡Ave María Purísima!saints preserve us!
(pájaro) bird; especialmente (Latinoamérica) (pollo) chicken
ave acuática ave acuátil water bird
ave canora ave cantora songbird
ave de corral chicken; fowl
ave del paraíso bird of paradise
ave de paso bird of passage
ave de presa ave de rapiña bird of prey
ave marina sea bird
ave negra (S. Cone) crooked lawyer
ave nocturna night bird; también
aves de corral poultry
; (s)
ave zancuda wader; wading bird
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