Calemberger Black Hawk
|Calemberger Black Hawk|
|Official Name||Calemberger Black Hawk|
|Common Nicknames||Black Quill, Holz Hawk, Calem Hawk|
The Calemberger Black Hawks are a carnivorous bird native to Inner CalembergWald, or more commonly known as Calemberg Forest. At first glance they can be described as elongated birds with a shiny black coat of bristle feathers, having a grey angular shaped patch of feathering on their lower panel. They are a common predator in Calemberg forests, being discreet hunters that often hunt during the daylight hours.
The Calemberger Black Hawks have been in existence within CalembergWald for centuries. First publicly recorded by an hunting expedition in 198 AC, the band of hunters witnessed this cunning bird swiftly snatch a common rabbit from the ground in a matter of seconds before rising back to the tree tops to eat its catch. The bird was called ‘Holzfalken’, or in common tongue meaning ‘Wood Hawk’, until officially changed to the Calemberger Black Hawk in 267 AC by Regalian government sanctioned surveyors that studied species within the heart of the Calemberg Forest; noting the birds keen residence to this region. The hawk has been often depicted in naturalistic paintings, due to their unique derivation to the lush green forests of the high trees.
The Calemberger Black Hawk is commonplace to Calemberg forests, often their shrill callings can be heard from the echoe’s of the forestry. They are distinctively all stark black in color, the feathers bristled and shiny in appearance. Their large body used as a propelling force when engaging with prey, expanding their dark glossy wings as a means to slow and swoop downwards to grab their respective prey with their dark, sharp talons upon yellow feet. These hawks have the keen ability to discern not only the visible horizon but also the ultraviolet association of the assorted spectrum. The wings of the bird are long and angular in shape, used as a means to gain accelerated air velocity in order to fold its wings into its body just before extending them back outwardly to slow down for a specific target. The bird has a sharp, curved, dark colored bill that is used to more easily tear apart its prey.
The female of this species of birds are often more larger in size, while male Calemberger Black Hawks range oftenly one to two inches shorter in wing expanse and body length. When distinguishing between a male and female, it might be difficult to differentiate between the two given they are both completely black in coating, unless one is of close distance to the bird.
Life Span and Development
In the wild, the Calemberger Black Hawk can live up to 25 years old at least. They are produced by their mothers developing and laying up to three cream colored eggs, with faint dark spots on assorted upon them. It takes them up to 35 days to hatch, during this time they are watched mostly by their fathers within their nestings as the mother hunts for prey. Once hatched, these young fledglings are fed by their parents, leaving the nest after six weeks of development of bone, muscle, and feather growth. When the reach the age of 2 years old, they have reached sexual maturity. The process of mating between these birds is an intense process, where males compete to express themselves as the best dancer, flying about tree limbs with great speed, jutting their wings rhythmically. Once the female has chosen their prefered mate, they build a nest upon the high limbs of trees before beginning the mating process. If a mating partner is to die, it’s surrogate would search for a new one, respectively.
The Calemberger Black Hawk is almost inherently wild, often engaging those coming too close to it with hostility. Rarely has there been an occasion of this hawk being tamed, given its prone aggression to unwelcome visitors; though they can be domesticated. Most Calemberger Black Hawks are hostile to all other species but of its own, though if one is to keep their respective distance, the bird will have no intent of acting with aggression.
Territory and Groupings
These birds are immensely territorial when it comes to the domain to which surrounds its nest, even in terms of its own species. They often give off a warning shriek from their bills as a means to scare off unwanted visitors before making an attack. More often than not, the Calemberger Black Hawk hunts alone; though after taking on a mate, these birds often work in cooperation to capture prey. In this cooperation, the male intently chases the prey, keeping the animal focused on it as the female propels itself from another angle in an attempt to catch the prey off guard.
- Some brave poachers hunt these aggressive birds for their long sharp talons, used in jewelry or decoration of certain cloths. They make for a considerable cost, given how most hunters avoid these hawks as a result of their fast provocation to hostility.
- On rare occasions, these birds can be used as messenger birds on battlefields, due to their fair speed and endurance.
- The Calemberger Black Hawks migrate southeast of Inner CalembergWald, into Hinter Calem during the winter, this is because they can more easily find prey during the snowy season.