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
This bird seems almost half reptile, almost more like a winged snake than a bird. It has a long, serpentine body with six wings evenly spaced down it's body. Due to its lithe form, it is capable of turning on a dime even at high velocities. The largest Zekluft on record is two and a half feet in length. Their wingspan is disproportionate to their size though, for the record Zekluft had a wingspan of only four feet.
At some point in history, a wizard became fascinated with the coloration of the Flamingo. After some experimentation, he created the Flarcango: a flamingo that could alter its color to blend in to an environment, or stand out sharply. Both abilities are used, the former when predators are near, and the second during mating season. At this point, Flarcangos are something to behold, taking on rippling rainbow hues. Their feathers are useful for magic involving bright visual effects or blending in, depending on what tone the Flarcango had when the feather was taken. Go to Comment
These birds can often be found in desert climates, although they are relatuvely calm and peaceful by nature they will attack you if you persist in persevere to hurt/pester them.
There are also quite a few Noblemen out there looking for these creatures as they are relativly easy to tame if caught and provide excellent company, and are also relatively easy to look after.
A rich nobleman with a leering face approaches the charaters in an attempt to enlist their help in order to capture one of these birds as a gift to his granddaughter. He is offering quite a substantial sum for the capture of one of these birds. Possibly a bit too substantial.
Whatever the PC's suspicions he will true to his word reward them as promised. Go to Comment
Necrowings are the twisted creations of necromancers not wishing to employ the easier but more costly methods of using an all seeing eye(glass ball where if one knows the location they can only see what is going on in that specific area). Their skeletal figure is unnerving at worst to the people below, and never a good omen. Priests have a tendency to patrol their graveyards with a very handy axe after one of these has been spotted, to protect those entombed in his domain.
Commonly employed as spys they can fly for days without end, not needing any nutrition. There is however a downside to their usefulness, they will not fight and if attacked they will flee at first opportunity. They also can't fly more than 30 miles from their summoner; the further they fly the weaker they become until they fade into nothingness. Go to Comment
A Sprialow is a breed of Swallows that when migrating, fly in a spiral pattern radiating ever outwards from a specific point in the sky. According to folklore, such behaviour came about as a result of a flock of swallows accidentally flying into the Mazewood, a strange forest where all creatures lose their sense of direction upon entering. Apparently, this particular flock got out of the Mazewood by flying in such a spiral pattern and has ever afterwards flew in this way. Go to Comment
26. Mimic Bird
Mimic birds are versatile creatures that are known to nest in a variety of habitats and terrains. A mimic bird resembles a parrot a lot in looks but is only the size of a robin. Unlike a parrot, though, it can only mimic the sounds of animals. In particular, it is capable of mimicking the sounds of a whole range of different predators in order to scare off whatever hunts them.
27. Foliage chirpers
So named because they can camouflage themselves by blending entirely into a bush, the foliage chirpers have feathers that are dark green in colour normally and capable of changing shades to matching their surrounding environment. Hunters from the local tribes wear cloaks woven from the feathers of foliage chirpers and thus enjoy far greater success in capturing game. Go to Comment
This breed of exotic birds is not remotely related to the nightingales, being substantially larger in size (at around 25-30cm in length), greyish-blue in colour and having a fan-like tail. However, it shares the tendency of nightingales of frequently singing, with its song being particularly noticeable at night, hence the locals have named it “Yawingale”. As its name indicates, the song this bird makes very closely resembles the sound of humans yawning.
According to local belief, these birds are the messengers of (insert local god of sleep/children) sent out to help children sleep better at night. Go to Comment
29. Canyon Darters (aka Dawn Divers/Golden Pigeons)
These unusual pigeons have feather that appear golden in hue when sunlight fall on them but otherwise not much different from normal pigeons. They nest in cliffs and have the unusual habit of diving towards surrounding canyons in flocks at dawn.
It is rumoured that the first flock of Canyon Darters are found in the neighbouring region of the Canyon of Dreams. Given that many have felt a strange emanation from the Canyon, it was hypothesised that these birds’ behaviours might have been the result of a call originating from deep within the Canyon…
30. Needle Egret
A needle egret is an egret whose plumes are lavender in colour. It is found in tropical swamps where it nests in colonies, often with other herons, on platforms of sticks in trees or shrubs.
While many desire its plumes for decorating hats, the hunting of needle egrets are extremely dangerous as it can excrete a poisonous chemical that hardens its feathers at will and often shoots out some of these hardened feathers in defense when hunted. Go to Comment