Two Psittae

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The Psittae, also known as Chatterbirds, are small winged creatures which are 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. The colours of the Psitta vary widely, and are genetically transferable, so Psitta-philes often enjoy breeding to select for brighter hues. Reflective greens and blues are common, yellow and orange less so, and deep red and purple fairly rare. Picture drawn by Fiorellina, commissioned work for Sigridur Vala at