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I rank above all but nobody listens to me
I'm not very useful but you would be lost without me
People check up on me otherwise I might go stale
My home is lost without my birds

What am I?

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You are

The Chess King

I rank above all but nobody listens to me

Most important piece, but the player is in command

I'm not very useful but you would be lost without me

Doesn't move far or threaten much, but the game is lost if he is.

People check up on me otherwise I might go stale

Game ends in checkmate or stalemate

My home is lost without my birds

Can't Castle (home) if you don't have an available Rook (bird)

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    $\begingroup$ Correct on all clues, well done $\endgroup$ – Jon.G Apr 6 '18 at 20:22

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