A local owl breed, that has learned to make their eyes glow, to attract the nightly insects it hunts. It is suspected the ability comes from the magical aura of its home, when brought elsewhere, it doesn't glow. As they spread around, they can help in detecting ambient magical energies.
Their coating is an unremarkable grey, they often shed feathers, which some birds collect for their nests. While very soft, people say it is no good for pillows, it will keep you up at night. Go to Comment
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Guidebirds are light grey birds that have dark grey marking around their eyes and at the very edge of their wings. These birds have such a strong flocking instinct that they always seem to be flying in formation (of 6-30). Their instinct is so strong, they follow large things on the ground. Thus they will follow buffalo on the plains, a large beast as it lumbers forward, an army, or a carriage, at least for a while. Then they will fly forward, as if they were guiding their "slow flockmate on the ground" to their destination.
Several religions have had prophets and holy folk directed by Guidebirds, so they are associated with fate/ destiny and foresight. Their feathers are commonly used for pathfinding charms.
There are some Guidebirds, called Moonbirds, that are nocturnal. They are dark grey to near black in coloration, but with white markings near their eyes. These Guidebirds have the same whistling songs as regular Guidebirds, only louder. Their larger eyes let them function in night as they eat berries, grasses, and the occasional insect.
These rarer birds are coveted for charms and magics.
These birds are related to Guidebirds, but have some slight aquatic adaptions like a Gull. You can tell they are related because they have the same darker grey ovals of tiny feathers around their eyes and wing tips that land based Guidebirds do. Unlike Guidebirds, these are mostly nocturnal creatures.
They are strong flyers, able to go long distances. Starbirds fly at night between the islands at sea. Navigators will use them as guides to find land while at sea. Legend has it that they uses the stars as their guides, but nobody has yet to determine if this is actually how they navigate. Go to Comment
These ground birds are found in the barren areas of Southlands. Their mottled feathers match the browns, golds, and reds of the soil in those parts. They are quite large, weighing in at a good 8 lbs (3.5kg). Their legs are "stubby" when compared with most birds, but it gives them strong legs to strike and claw with. This is their defense against other middle sized predators in the Southlands. Their elongated necks and sharp hooked beak allows them to reach and crack the hard seed shells found in the Bradle bushes. Those beaks are also sharp and will rend flesh easily enough.
Ozpecks are omnivores. They prefer to be carrion birds, but they will hunt opportunistically.
Think tiny squatty ostriches, with sharp tallons and a short hooked beack. Go to Comment
24) Mind Owls, aka, Foul Owls, Dark Owls, Hells Owls
These Owls flew out of The Dark Oak Forest a few decades back. They have spread over the lands south of the foul forest.
They are sized and shaped like any Barn Owl. At a distance, one might think they were one. Two things give them away. The first is the darker coloration, more black with a touch of browns, than any other owls. The inside of their wings have red spots along their inner pinions. The second is that they stay in groups of three to six. It is one male owl with a harem of females.
A minor difference is their eyes. Their eyes are notably larger than most owls. All owls have large eyes, Mind Owls have larger ones.
It is through their eyes they work their Dark Forest magics.
Theirs is a mesmerizing gaze. If they can catch and hold the gaze of an animal (or person), the creature is distracted. They are so distracted they forget to move or make a noise or respond, even with the Mind Owls descend on them. The attacks are not always immediately fatal, but most creatures do not survive long after many strips of their flesh has been torn out. (Usually one attacked or hurt will notice, no longer being distracted. It may or may not save them.) The Owls often follow them, waiting for them to sicken and die (their wounds seem to draw infection). They will watch over their kill, feeding off it for a few days.
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25)Chime Birds or Featherelegantwhite'dafwing-flowingwindandtime
These are long graceful birds, with long white tails (two trailing long feathers), a long neck, and two feathered crests. They are titanium (Elven Steel) white with black eyes and slight black marking around their eyes. Their beaks are short and nearly golden in color.
Chime Birds are extremely long lived. They may be immortal, dying only of injury or loneliness. The oldest pair known to HumanKind, who nest in the city of Cambria (see City Image - Cambria), have been observed for just short of 200 years.
They live in pairs, mating for life. Their courting rituals, if the records in Cambria can be believed, seemed to take several years. They seem to breed every fifty to one hundred years with a single egg.
These birds are graceful, seemingly able to fly without flapping their wings. Some say, they magically summon the wind to lift them, others just call them expert gliders.
They catch insects on the wing or can be seen eating seeds upon occasion.
Unlike most birds, they seem at home acting at both day and night. (They have exceptional night vision.) It is hard to tell, as the birds seem to do very little... just some occasional ritualized interactions with their mates or visiting Chimebirds. (There seems to be no rhyme or reason behind visitors.) They seem to stand and pose most of the day. Every few weeks they will call out with their songs.
The reason they are called Chime Birds is their call. It has a ring, like a bell being struck. Each Chimebird can make six or so different chime/bell like sounds. This is not the chirping of your normal bird, just with a chime. It is music, identifiable music. A pair can produce quite a range of sounds and the sweetest music known to Humankind. (When visitors join in, it takes on an orchestral quality).
They do migrate south like other birds every decade or so. It seems the entire species flies to the Elven FirstLands around the GreatEmeraldFluidPool lake. There they congregate and interact for six months, then return to their homes.
The Elves speak, as the First People are wont to do, of how the elements came together and made them. There is a small aside to that tale, how some of the wind performed a dance and a song and other lesser elements joined them. From that came the second birds (after Phoenixes), the Chimebirds.
So I was playing with my game which has lifesets for each species. So to be an Elven character, you take a character and apply the Elven Lifeset. I just applied it to a bird framework and got... Go to Comment
19. Tanwar Owl
The Tanwar Owl is known for it's bright red and gold plumage. this odd coloration allows the noctural bird to go unnoticed in the daytime. The Tanwar forest is thick with Redleaf Elm, Golden-spruce, and other bright, sometimes metallic colored trees. At night, darkness hides it, in the day it's coloration hides it in the foliage. In all respects it is a regular owl of large size.
20. Royal Quan
A truly imperial avian, the Royal Quan is destinctive for it's crown of golden yellow feathers, red chased wings, and black spotted white chest. A coastal fish raptor and relative to eagles and osprey, Royal quans can grow to impressive size. As a rule, they are nasty, territorial, and often have a few smaller birds that follow them around, usually blackbirds, coastal gulls, and the rare pelican. Go to Comment
The Ospreg is a black and white water-owl longer than the arm of a big man. It's wild, laughing calls are often regarded as the voice of the northern lakes. Ospreg's are found on wooded lakes and rivers in deep forests of fir. The Ospreg feed by catching fish and eel under water. It swims well under and can hold it's breath for longer periods of time. This strange owl lays it's silver green eggs in shallow waters along the shores of lakes. Scholar's discuss the strange amphibian qualities of this bird, but has yet to reveal the true nature of this secretive species of owl.
10. Acadian Whistler
The low, barking calls mixed with the whistling sounds of this bird is seen as an ill omen. It is a tuftless, mottled gray-brown bird of the barren highlands. The bird is quite frightening to behold. It is only seen at night when it's eyes are like lanterns in the pitch black wilderness. They seem attracted to fire and often gather in vast numbers to behold campfires. This is probably what has caused their bad reputation as a bird of ill omens. Unknown to most they actually retreat into camouflaged holes in the ground at day. Their calls seems to lure animals into their maze-like tunnels where they are eaten. The glow in their eyes is in reality neither sinister nor magic. It is caused by a plankton in their eyes that glows red in the dark.
11. Aklar Dove
The Aklar Dove has a dark bluish-gray head, neck, and chest with glossy yellowish, greenish, and reddish-purple iridescence along its neck and wing feathers. The soft, drawn-out "hooo-hooo, hooo-hoooooo" identifies it. This pigeon is carnivorous and has a poisoned beak, they attack animals in large numbers flapping their wings to confuse their prey. Their beaks leaking an ink-like poison as they cut into the unfortunate beast. They dwell on cliffs and rock ledges where they also roost and breed. They are excellent flyers, gliding frequently, holding its wings in a very pronounced V shape as it does. Go to Comment
These foul fowl are pests in urban areas. They look horrid, with dirty-coloured feathers, bald head with long waddles, and long gnarled legs. They smell even worse than they look, having a pervasive odour of the garbage & offal that they consume. Eating one isn't even done on a drunken dare, as the meat is tough & disgusting, and the bird is rife with parasites & disease. -
These small and beautiful birds are sought after by the wealthy as living ornamentation. Their feathers are iridescent light green, striking in appearance. The tail feathers are long and crossed in a scissor-tail configuration. They make no sound, are gentle & fearless, and are easy to keep clean.
7. Chumba Chickens
This hearty wild breed of chicken is small & stout. Its colouration is dirt brown. When defending its nest, the chumba puffs its feathers, making it look like an angry little ball, and attacks ferociously. They're mean. Away from the nest it is more likely to run away than fight. Its eggs are small & notably harder than chicken eggs, but the chumba is easier to tend & resistant to disease & environmental stress.
8. Dunbreen's Skimmers
Similar in appearance to a stretched-out woodpecker, but more like an albatross in habit, Dunbreen's skimmers travel far and wide. Rarely seen, these immense birds (nearly 3 meter wingspan) lazily drift just above the waves searching for fish near the surface. When hunting, they keep their feet forward & splayed. Upon sighting their prey, the skimmer jabs its talons under the water, scooping up the fish behind it. This capture does not interrupt their forward motion, and older ones do not even need to flap their wings to stay steady. Go to Comment