THE FLYING ANIMALS OVERVIEW

PERCHING BIRDS - GROUNDBIRDS - BIRDS OF PREY - SEABIRDS
WATERFOWL - OTHER FLYING ANIMALS

As you travel the beautiful countryside don't forget to look up and see the many wonders in the sky. Caelereth is home to a huge variety of flying animals. By far the majority of the flying animals are birds. Birds are charecterized as winged animals with feathers and a beak and almost all birds lay hard-shelled eggs. Birds come in all shapes and sizes and are found in every climate in Caelereth. Notwithstanding the feathers and wings not all birds have the ability to fly long distances and some are not able to fly at all.  Below you will find a list of the birds and other flying animals that have been studied by our compendiumists. However this is but a fraction of the flying animals actually found in our world, so if you are out exploring and see a flying animal not in the compendium... take notes and submit an entry! 

I. PERCHING BIRDS

The Aelirel Bird

AELIREL BIRD, THE 
Aelirels are small birds of white plumage that live in forests, plains, and heaths throughout Santharia. They live in communities and work together to hunt for flies and beetles, as well as other insects. They also enjoy berries and nuts. Aelirels are fairly friendly birds, often causing them to put themselves in dangerous situations. They are viewed as the symbol of innocence and are often associated with the hobbit deity Dalireen
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AL'SYRR SANDBIRD, THE
The Al'Syrr Sandbird is a symbol of desert survival! It spends its whole life in various parts of the great Ráhaz-Dáth Desert and outlying regions, despite the inhospitality. It moves with the seasons, adapting its behaviour and diet to match current temperature, amount of rain and available food sources, like a true survivor. - After years of study, following in the footsteps of Thuja (the first to document Al'Syrr), we can't help but admire such a seemingly ordinary bird. To follow are the notes of the extensive research. Return to the top
 

The Blue Glitra

BLUE GLITRA BIRD, THE
The Blue Glitra is a rare and elusive bird. It has taken years to compile information about this enigmatic and beautiful bird and even now there is much that is still not known. It has been suggested there is something magical about the song of the Blue Glitra. That may well be, for all people who have heard the song say it is a beautiful and entrancing song, but so sad. Return to the top
 

CALADRIUS BIRD, THE
The Caladrius (the plural form is "Caladrius" as well) is a snow white bird that is usually about one fore tall from head to feet. They are known for their exotic song and stunning beauty. They are one of the more intelligent breeds of birds, even been known to learn several simple voice and sign commands, mostly to amplify their beauty. These birds are originally found in the wild, flying in the areas around the Bolder Forest, but are often kept in captivity by humans, though they are extremly friendly to elves. Return to the top
 

CHORAKEE BIRD, THE ("JUMPING BIRD")
The Chorakee, also known as the "Jumping Bird", or "Tree Fowl", is the jungle's answer to taenish. Fat, tasty, and appearing clumsy as they hop through the trees, these fairly large birds only survive due to their great fertility, and their jumping skills. Found only in large amounts in the Drifting Woods, Chorakee are used by their owners as a reliable source of flesh, eggs, and down, and a holding pen for these birds makes a valuable addition to every settlement or farm. Return to the top
 

The Corbie Bird

CORBIE BIRD, THE ("STORMCROW")
The Corbie is a large black bird of ominous aspect but cheerful nature, dark-winged, heavy-beaked, bright-eyed and strong-clawed. Not a raptor, but a scavenger, the Corbie can be found in most climates and environments in theSarvonian continent. Some believe it to be a symbol of death and decay, due to its preference for scavenging carrion and other dilapidated consumables, but others consider it a good omen, as it is a gregarious bird always found in family groups or larger flocks. The Corbie is also known Crow, Carrion Crow, Stormcrow, Jav’veir, Hravn, Death Bird or Rogue Bird. Return to the top
 

The Dove ("Coa-Coa")

DOVE, THE ("COA-COA")
The most common term for referencing this white bird is the "Dove". Though the elves have named it Aelién Eyá'pholiár translating roughly to "White Peace Maker", which also fits to what it represents in religious terms, as it is seen as a messenger of the Santharian Peace Goddess Eyasha. People in Southern Sarvonia have created the slang term "Coa-Coa" after its soft trill. Though you will not find a researcher calling it this name, many peasants use this as their sole title for the birds. Return to the top
 

The Dragonbird

DRAGONBIRD, THE
A rare and beautiful species of the Scattersand Shoals, the Dragonbird is as mysterious as it is colourful. Found only in the deepest jungle territories, they enjoy long lives amongst the treetops. Possessing a keen intellect, and capable of being trained for various purposes, they are highly sought after as exotic pets to the wealthy but their rarity and remote habitat ensures such uses are the exception rather than the rule. Return to the top
 

FERLAWYNG CREATURE, THE
A strange, mystical creature dwelling in the densely grown forests and wood of Nybelmar, particularly the Drifting Woods, the Ferlawyng was long thought a thing of myth and legend until recent research confirmed its existence. Its appearance strikes awe and fascination into those who look upon it, and it has been compared to dragons, fish, snakes, and even bats, though it remains something entirely separate from these. The shy Ferlawyng holds unknown magical abilities belied by its docile nature. Although large, it eats only the leaves of the canopy.

For a long time, those few who saw the Ferlawyng believed it came from nowhere, that it spawned out of air and trees and light, but since then its means of reproduction have been revealed, mostly through accidental discovery. Return to the top

 

The Gossiper Bird

GOSSIPER BIRD, THE ("TELL-TALE", "BABBLER")
The Gossiper is a medium-sized forest bird of green plumage, whose large orange beak protrudes like a broad, slightly curved and pointed dagger from its small head. Its name derives from the peculiar way in which it constructs its mating song. The way for the female to attract a male is to make up a composition from selected imitations of other creature’s voices. In many cases, a female Gossiper’s song will be composed of the chirpings of other types of bird, the snorts of wild hogs, and the playful yelping of young foxes – whatever the particular Gossiper has heard recently, and whatever she judges to be particularly attractive to a male. Return to the top
 

GYNNIA BIRD, THE
Gynnia are small, thickly feathered birds living in cold regions in Northern Sarvonia and in the islands of Cyhalloi. There are four types of Gynnia, separated by appearance and habitat. They are the Snow Gynnia, which lives in places completely covered in snow, such as the islands of Cyhalloi, the Heath Gynnia, which lives in heaths in the Northern Sarvonian region such as the Wilshire Heath, the Forest Gynnia, which lives in woods and groves such as the Shaded Forest, and the Rock Gynnia, which is almost exclusively found in the Stone Fields of Peat. Return to the top
 

The Haloen Bird

HALOEN BIRD, THE ("FIREBIRD")
The Haloen, also called Efér'veván ("Firebird") in the styrásh tongue, is a red plumed bird with a feathered crest. There are countless stories of this bird saving one among many from certain death, by bringing food, or offering warmth, or warning of danger. A common misconception is the idea that the bird does this of its own volition. Quite the contrary: A Haloen will only answer a favour by a sorcerer or by a deep bond, formed only by common hardship and danger. Return to the top
 

The Injóh Bird

INJÓH BIRD, THE
The Injóh is one of the smaller birds of Sarvonia, found in different forests on the continent, depending entirely on the season of the year. The Injóh is often captured and sold as a pet bird, this mostly because of its beautiful singing and colorful feathers but also because it is believed that this little bird attracts love. Return to the top
 

The Le'tan Bird

LE'TAN BIRD, THE ("SWEET SONG BIRD")
The Le'Tan is one of the most majestic birds found on the entire continent of Nybelmar. Native to Shar’s jungles, the creature comes in two varieties, the more common tranquil blue Le’Tan (also known as "The Krean Le’Tan" due to the race’s proximity to the territory where they are most abundant) and the much rarer blazing orange (also known as "The Bird of the Orihirim", as their numbers are said to have severely dropped when the sect of Lillivear left). - Le'Tan are prized pets among the people of western Nybelmar. Though many people love the bird for different reasons, it is normally due to their comically curious nature and its unique, soothing song. Return to the top
 

NIGHTBIRD, THE ("SHADOW OF DEATH")
The Nightbird, also known as Shadow of Death, Darkness Singer and Ghostbird, is a rather small bird, only four palmspans long. It inhabits most of the forests in Northern Sarvonia. This bird has nocturnal habits and sleeps most of the day, hidden. It is dark brown or black in colour with a single white stripe down the back (males). Return to the top
 

NUE'MON, THE ("ICE BIRD")
The Nue'mon (Kuglimz lit. "Ice Bird", plural form is Nue'mon as well) is found in cold climates. This puts them mostly in Northern Sarvonia. In the rare instance that the Nue'mon is found in Santharia it is known as the Yuliel Bird, named after the researcher who proved it could be found south of the Tandala. The bird also has several other names throughout Northern Sarvonia. Amongst the Ice Tribes it is known as the Cicle Bird. Return to the top
 

The Psitta

PSITTA, THE ("CHATTERBIRD")
The Psitta (plural: Psittae), also known as the Chatterbird, is a small winged creature which is able to mimic sounds made by other creatures or races. It prefers a warm climate and enjoys eating mainly fruit. Popular as cagebirds among the nobility, the Chatterbird can be trained to repeat simple sequences of sounds and even sentences in various languages, although it is not sentient. Return to the top
 

QUWISH BIRD, THE
The Quwish (plural form "Quwish" as well) is a peculiar looking creature. It looks as though a deity jokingly put a cat and a weird looking bird together. This animal is just a bird with some feline resemblance. It is often domesticated by trainers in Sarvonia once they are imported, though many Quwish do live in the wild. They were named "Quwish" because if you saw one in the wild you would hear the "quququ" of it quaking, and then a swishing sound as the bird flies away. Return to the top
 

SCOFFLE BIRD, THE ("PETTICROW")
Heavily associated with the territories of the halflings, and particularly Helmondshire, Scoffle, or Petticrows, to give them their old human name, are a common sight in rural Sarvonia. Often dubbed “the farmer’s foe”, their voracious appetite and knack for discovering a way past the most ingenious trap or barrier make them an unwelcome, but nonetheless characteristic, aspect of agricultural life in Sarvonia. Return to the top
 

The Varcosparrow

VARCOSPARROW, THE ("LITTLE RASCAL"), THE
The Varcosparrow or "Little Rascal", "Little Rogue" or "Flirt Bird" is a brightly-coloured, sociable little bird found in the south of the Sarvonian continent. The sparrow has a pleasant, if repetitive, call which starts on a high-pitched chirp and then falls to a low drawn-out whistle with a short gulped warble at the end. You may hear this sound quite commonly in the Santharian province of Truban. Return to the top
 

WYND RACER BIRD, THE
The Wynd Racer is a small two headed domesticated variety of the wild coa’coa birds (named for the soft sound they make) of which there are two hundred and six species found so far in the continent of Sarvonia. The Wynd Racer was and still is bred specifically for speed, endurance and their innate ability to find their way back home, however, some of these birds never did satisfy their breeders and were let loose. These have settled and are welcomed by most in all of the cities of Caelereth. Return to the top

II. GROUNDBIRDS

COPPERDEATH GROUNDBIRD, THE
The Copperdeath is a famous ground bird around the southern continent of Aeruillin for its uniqueness among all birds. The Sor'inyt tribe most often refer to it as the "Running Bird". It is widely known for its ability to eat the swift copper snake, the deadliest sand serpent on Aeruillin, and its preferences for speeding across the deserts.
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CUULOO BIRD, THE
The Cuuloo is a ground bird that dwells in forests all over Santharia. Their plumage makes them an easy target, but these same feathers make them a beautiful game bird that is sometimes kept as a pet. Return to the top

GARTHOOK GROUNDBIRD, THE
A rather large bird, the Garthook is territorial and aggressive. Their size makes them a perfect meal for family gatherings, and though they are hard to raise and the meat they produce is dry, they are well worth the time; recipes created for the meat of the Garthook is not to be missed. Return to the top
 

KINGELL GROUNDBIRD
The Kingell is a rather elegant bird, long-necked and wide-winged. His sharp beak denotes him as one of the few hunters among the ground birds of Santharia, and also the only swimmer in this classification. With web-pad feet he can take to the water with ease. His meat is not usually selected for consumption, as the bird is fatty and hard to cook. The Kingell has the ability to swim, and can dive beneath the water's surface to hunt for fish. However, because its wings are not waterproof, this is a rather dangerous practice for the Kingell. Return to the top

 

MATHMOOR GROUNDBIRD, THE
The Mathmoor is the largest Sarvonian ground bird, at a height of over two peds. It has thick legs and light, fur-like feathers, as well as a viciously curved beak. Its size makes it easy to see over the plains, but no smart predator would approach the Mathmoor. The Mathmoor is territorial and easily angered. In Northern Sarvonia, where the Mathmoors are most abundant, they are domesticated and ridden like horses. Return to the top
 

MIRJAH GROUNDBIRD, THE
The Mirjah (both singular and plural) is a small common bird incapable of flight, from the mid and south regions of the Kingdom of Santharia, and a true culture bird, always to be found in the presence of man, be they elf, dwarf, hobbit or human, from wich they scavenge food and other necessities, such as nesting material, aided by their speed and incredible jumping abilities to avoid both predators and anyone trying to salvage what just has been taken from right under their noses. Return to the top
 

The Taenish

TAENISH BIRD, THE
The Taenish is a small bird, about four spans in both length and height. It is easy to take care of and its meat is easy to cook, making it a good bird for farming and consumption. Its drab look and lack of intelligence makes it easier to do away with when supper time arrives. Return to the top


III. BIRDS OF PREY

ASH FALCON, THE
The Ash Falcon lives within the harsh Stone Fields of Peat. Its superior hunting skills allow it to survive in a place where almost all the animals blend in perfectly with their environment. They are named for their gray back, and the off-white colouration of their undersides.
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EAGLE, THE
The Eagle is one of the largest predatory birds in all of Caelereth, and is greatly admired and revered for its fierce manner and majestic appearance. The Eagle has commonly become a symbol of strength and might, but also of freedom and justice. These great birds have large, broad wings and sharp talons that they use to seize their prey of rodents, lizards, fish, and other such animals. They build nests, or eyries, in tall trees or on cliffs where they will fiercely protect their young. Return to the top
 

The Gryph

GRYPH, THE
Gryphs are massively large avian creatures and undoubtedly one of the largest birds hunting the skies. Generally friendly on contact these can be trained to be fierce, fighting fowl. A loyal beast, these birds and especially Eyelian menshare deep bonds that cannot be broken. Gryphs are spectacular birds and suspected to bring good luck if seen. Return to the top
 

The Myrddin Falcon

MYRDDIN FALCON, THE
Whenever shrill cries are heard overhead as grey and white figures playfully dart about the sky, delighting in their freedom, one stands beneath majestic raptors, known commonly as Myrddin Falcons. Said to be created by and beloved of Grothar, the falcons reside in the forests and mountains of south Santharia, feeding upon the songbirds found therein. Return to the top
 

The Snobyrr

SNOBYRR, THE ("SNOWBIRD")
The Snobyrr is a beautiful large bird that lives in certain parts of Northern Sarvonia like the Prominent Mountains. It is native to this area, and is one of the fiercest aerial predators within the lowlands. The Snobyrr is uniquely lovely because its feathers are pure white with a few yellow tinges here and there, reflecting the sunlight dazzlingly. Return to the top
 

SNOW FALCON, THE
The Snow Falcon is a small raptor that lives in Northern Sarvonia. It makes its home predominately along the coast, but can be found inland as well; its territory extends as far south as the Heaths of Wilderon and as far as the Caaehl'heroth Peninsula. The bird is considered a symbol of the Lanruls, the tribal leaders of the Ice Tribes, who have adopted falconry as a sport of the elite. Return to the top
 

TAGER BIRD-LIZARD, THE ("HUN")
The Tagers are the most impressive animals of the Zharkanion Mountains in Nybelmar and also the rarest. One of few flying beasts, these bird-lizards are the most feared predator in the mountains. With a wingspan of more than 3 peds a full-grown Tager is a very powerful animal. It can lift a dwarven child without much effort. The dwarven name for them, Hun, plural Huunerons ("The ones who take"), were given to them due to precisely that fact. The lifespan is hard to determine, but most experts among the dwarves agree that it’s between 50-80 years. Return to the top
 

The Torán Eagle

TORÁN EAGLE, THE
When you here the harsh shrill "kyaa-kree" echoing across the Mithral Mountains, you have just heard the cry of the Torán Eagle. This magnificent and regal bird has captured the hearts and minds of many that encounter it. The eagle is so well regarded that it is even represented on the official crest to the province of Manthria and is also part of the coat of arms for the coastal city of Marduran. Return to the top
 

WOOD OWL, THE
Wafting on silent wings from branch to branch while the pale moon shines above, the Woods Owl is a perfect target for the uninspired bard. But don't let its serene and wise appearance fool you, this bird is potentially one of the most effective hunters out there. Mice, rats, smaller birds, even the occasional snake fall victim to this nocturnal predator. Return to the top


IV. SEABIRDS

BANDED RICAU, THE
The Banded Ricau is a snowy white seabird which needs warmer weather and therefore is mainly located at sea and along the coasts of the Burning, Aetryam and southern Adanian Seas.
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FLYING FISHERMAN SEA BIRD, THE (ANGLER BIRD)
The Flying Fisherman, as its name suggests, is a large sea bird, and a rare one at that, which is known for gliding over the ocean and snapping up fish with its abnormally large beak. The birds are often sighted by fishermen throwing in their nets a bit off the coast, finding their unique technique of catching fish quite amazing. Another name for the bird is "Angler Bird". Return to the top

 

The Sarvonian Gull

SARVONIAN GULL, THE (VÉVAN'MÁR, "SKY THIEF")
The Vévan’már (from Styrásh for “bird of water“), or Gull, sometimes also called "Sky Thief", is a large, ithild-grey and white water bird that is commonly seen near port towns and by harbours in Sarvonia, though it can be found almost anywhere where food is plentiful. It is noted for greed, intelligence, daring, and beauty in flight. Return to the top

 

SALTSTALKER, THE ("SALTMARSH HERON")
The Saltstalker (also referred to as "Saltswamp Stalker" or "Saltmarsh Heron") derives from the bird family. Although it has wings it is one of the birds which has never found good use for its wings and so remains on the floor.
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The Shupsh

SHUPSH, THE (TURIK BIRD)
A very rare and rather extraordinary bird living in the icy regions of Northern Sarvonia is the Shupsh. For, it does not migrate, nor does it hibernate, rather it spends all year in the frozen northlands surviving the bitter cold and the harsh seas. It received its name from the sound that it makes when it enters the water from the air. This is a common naming system for the local inhabitants. However, in Santharia many people know of this bird as the Turik Bird, so named by the notorious researcher Turik of Barsalon.
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VERHON, THE
The Verhon is a social, fowl bird, living with up to sixty others all congregating in the same vicinity. Spending little time in play, these birds are in an all out quest to survive in the harsh glacial ecosystem. A rare bird but not prized by any means. It lives on a delicate thread between extinction and life as is most of its ecosystem.
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V
. WATERFOWL (FRESHWATER)

ARROWHEAD GOOSE, THE
The Arrowhead Goose is a relatively small fowl which spends the colder months along the mid-Santharian river the Thaehevil, and migrates to the Kanapan Peninsula to mate. It gets its most common name from the pattern of black and white feathers on its underbelly, and "Wood Goose" from its love of more sheltered territory. In the towns of the Sanguian Province it is better known as the "Brownie Goose", as the Llaoihrr tribe use it to carry their trading goods. Among the little folk it is called "oioiLLoiao", literally the "Bird of going Outside", as its sole purpose is for travelling out of the safety of their Vale. Return to the top
 

HOWLER GOOSE, THE 
The Howler Goose gets it name from a noisy trumpeting call that sounds like a low whistling howl. The Howler Goose is a migratory bird. When these birds migrate they do so in large groups in a "V" formation. As many as 20 birds can be seen in one formation. It is not unusual to see several groups traveling across the skies at one time. 
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ILLORYN WATERBIRD, THE ("PRINCE OF THE LAKE")
The Illoryn is a large waterbird known for the male's spectacular long tail feathers with eyelike markings that can be erected and expanded in display like a fan. The Illoryn's natural environment is middle Santharia, with Nermeran in the north and the desert in the south excluded. The Illoryn is also known as the "Prince of the Lake". Return to the top


VI. OTHER FLYING ANIMALS

The Balyei

BALYEI, THE ("FLYING SPONGE")
The Flying Sponge, or "Balyei", of the Drifting Woods is yet another example of the strange and bizarre flora and fauna of this particular region. An incredibly simple creature, it resembles nothing more than a fluffy ball of living tissue floating through the air. Nonetheless, one can safely state that the Balyei is one of those rare beings that make you wonder if the Spirits of the Heavens might have been in a rather playful mood when creating this unusual lifeform.
 
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The Bat

BAT, THE (FLITTERMOUSE, DARKSINGER)
Bats are also known as Cave Bats, Canyon Bats, Flittermice or Darksingers. This small flying mammal has a natural ‘sonar’ system, is a devoted mate, and can eat its weight in insects in one night. It prefers to roost in caves by day and flies by night, using bounced echoes to determine its location in the air. They are favorites of the Thergerim, who have domesticated them and use them as a kind of organic message system (see Morjualerons entry). A group of bats is called a “clowd”. Return to the top
 

The Dragonfly Lizard

DRAGONFLY LIZARD, THE
The Santharian Dragonfly is a creature found throughout Santharia's forests. It is widely debated which class the Dragonfly fits into as it is winged yet it also has many traits of a reptile. It has even been considered an insect by some; however, most will agree that it is indeed a reptilian animal. There are two types of Dragonfly distinguished mainly by color. However, in a closer look it is found that these Dragonflies also inhibit various different behaviors. Body structure of the two Dragonflies is virtually the same and both have similar lifespans between 5 and 7 years. Return to the top
 

The Kanapan Terror

KANAPAN TERROR BAT, THE
Kanapan Terrors are a larger and slightly more intelligent cousin to the flitter mouse. With a wingspan of up to one ped and a weight of two muts these bats are about triple the size of most known species. A group of Kanapan Terrors will make their home far from any densely populated area, preferring to live in the undisturbed wilderness. Roosts have been found in the forests of Cahm and throughout the Kanapan peninsula supposedly for its temperate, moist climate and wide variety of insects and smaller rodents. Return to the top

 
 Date of last edit 7th Fallen Leaf 1670 a.S.

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