|Official Name||Calemberg Adelaar|
|Common Nicknames||Brown Eagle|
The Calemberg Adelaar is one of the more standard forms of predatory bird in Aloria, though its range is limited. A bird long a feature of the Inner CalembergWald in the Regalian Archipelago, it has had an intense competition with the Calemberger Black Hawk for its entire existence. They are known for their brown coloration but also for a somewhat barbaric practice in that in nests of two chicks, one often pushed the other to its death. Today, their population remains stable and abundant, in both the forests of the Calem regions and in the homes of hunters or their patrons as the bird is also domesticable.
The Calemberg Adelaar has been around for many centuries within Calemberg, as well as in adjacent areas. It has been unnotable for much of its existence as it has simply existed alongside all the wildlife of the region throughout the entire period. The Wirtemcaller Kingdom was known to have extensively domesticated the animal for use in hunting and while originating in one area of the forest, spread to the whole Inner CalembergWald which put them into competition with another predatory bird, the Calemberger Black Hawk. The two species have fought each other ever since and still do today. The bird can also be found in the hunting lodges or rookeries of the Alt-Regalian and New Regalian nobility as well as the common man where it serves them venerably as a bird of the hunt.
The Calemberg Adelaar is a medium-sized bird, standing at two and a half to three feet long, possesses a wingspan of four and a half to five and a half feet and a weight of anywhere between two to five pounds mainly based on age. They have angled wings made for soaring with a tail of feathers to help them steer. Their heads are similar to those of other birds of prey, with two eyes (colored amber or brown), a large yellow beak with a black tip and a flat, smooth head. This is supported on two black taloned yellow feet. The entire bird is brown in coloration, with lighter shades on their undersides and the marginal coverts while the rest are darker.
Female Adelaars are larger than males by a significant margin. Their feather colorations are determined by age as younger Adelaars have more light brown feathers than older members of their species.
Life Span and Development
The Calemberg Adelaar is born in batches of anywhere between one and three light brown egg speckled with white spots. Once it has hatched, the chicks will be dutifully cared for by the father as the mother performs all of the needed hunting. After six months, chicks are able to stand and walk around, getting used to perching while their parents continue to provide for them. However, after eight months, a dark turn occurs. Just before being able to fly, if there are two chicks, the eldest forces its siblings out of the nest to its death. There is no known reason for this as in groups of three, it only rarely occurs, but it is believed that when they do this, the young Adelaar is expressing its first spike of territorial nature. Sometimes, the betrayed Adelaar survives the fall, but it is never rescued in time before it either dies to the elements or dies to a predator on the forest floor. Regardless of this, the youth Adelaar or Adelaars begin to learn to is able to fly and to hunt. This stage of their development lasts a further year as they mature into young adults. At this point, the child leaves their parent’s nest to form their own little kingdom and nest. Females often look on as two or more males fight it out for them or display their plumage in an attempt to win the affections of this female. Once she has made her choice, the two bird mate for life and begin their family the following spring. While they raise their egg or eggs into adulthood, they will not lay more eggs. Males and females in the wild live anywhere between 20 to 25 years while domesticated varieties of the bird last for up to 30 years.
The Calemberg Adelaar is a predatory bird, and thus, aggressive save a few notable exceptions. To others of its kind, it is more considerate, especially to its mate. The two will do everything together, though once eggs are hatched, the females take a more dominant role in the relationship. This slight female dominance is also seen in aforementioned mating rituals as, due to their size increase, they command attention from others of their species. With their children, they are caring yet seem to purposefully allow the eldest sibling to kill his younger sibling in two-egg nests, which they assumedly allow because it reduces their care requirements. The Adelaar also has no soft sounds, calling and screeching as many birds of prey do, even among their own kind.
To other members of the Bird Kingdom, the Adelaar displays superiority and arrogance. It is known to harass or outright attack fellow predatory birds such as the Ceardian Long Talon to steal their meal or assert their dominance. This is sometimes an issue if they pick a fight with the Calemberg Black Hawk, a bird they have a continued rivalry with. It is estimated that each year, 5% of each of the bird’s population falls to attacks from the other. The animal, when hunting for food, targets small mammals such as rabbits or fish from the ocean or river, but has been known to resort to eating carrion. They tend to circle very high up and head down lower before diving in to drive at their prey. When they encounter Humans, the Calemberg Adelaar is accommodating, but grows extremely aggressive should such people get close to their nests. When the animal is domesticated, this aggression decreases, but it still dislikes others on its perch and makes this known by moving as far away from the other as possible.
Territory and Groupings
Calemberg Adelaars are territorial animals, ruling over a relatively small territory ranging a minimum of ten miles away from each other. If another Adelaar enters their territory for a short time, the mated pair in the area will allow it. However, should this stay turn into an attempted takeover, it turns into fights for territory. A mated pair will never leave their territory if they have an egg or chick to protect. Solitary Adelaars occur most often in the spring or summer as the young males and females are pushed from their nests to find their own mates.
- The Calemberg Adelaar are thought by some radical scholars as the base for all Calemberg hawk and eagle species, especially since their name just means “Eagle.”
- Despite their differences alive, when dead, the feathers of the Calemberg Adelaar and the Calemberger Black Hawk make some wonderful products that are sold to others in the Regalian Archipelago.