|Official Name||Dicolored Face-clinger|
|Common Nicknames||Cliff Beauties|
|Habitat||Mountains of Talamoor|
The Dicolored Face-clinger is a brightly colored bird, often misunderstood by those beyond the shores of Talamoor where the bird can natively be found. Its name, which might inspire fear, is actually in reference to its nesting habitat, which are mountain and cliff faces across the continent of Talamoor. Left relatively undisturbed over the years since Ceardian Ailor arrived and came to dominate the region, the bird continues to thrive and brightens up the rocky faces of many land features across the underdeveloped continent.
Dicolored Face-clingers have an extremely boring history in regards to their existence in Aloria. As a small and simple part of the ecosystem in Talamoor, they were discovered relatively early into the existence of the recently freed Ailor slaves who would come to populate the landmass. As the years wore on, while the birds were small, hunters in Talath and Carmoor trained themselves and their children on the hunting of these small birds. Later, attempts were made to domesticate them and while they could be kept in cages, the birds remained wild. In the modern-day, the bird is largely seen as a symbol of nature and spring among those of Talamoor, while to the wider world its stark, bright colors are often used as a metaphor for the grand divide in politics around the landmass. However, its name also inspires a fair bit of fear to those who do not know the bird, and many a peasant have told tales of the terrifying face-clinging birds of Talamoor, not understanding the quiet, simple nature of this gentle bird.
Dicolored Face-clingers are delicate, small birds without the bulk one might expect in a species so often connected to rugged mountainous or cliff terrain. They stand between half a foot to a foot tall, with a wingspan that is one and a half to two feet long, and a weight of a pound or less. Their heads are narrow, sporting a short, cone-shaped beak of a dull yellow. The rest of their facial features small, dark eyes and a small speck of white at the tip of their head right above the beak. The face, back, and wings of the entire bird are then dominated by dark blue feathers, while the chest and space just below their heads are dominated by bright red or yellow feathers. This bright streak continues all the way to the forked tail feathers of the animal. Their bodies are supported by black and small yet powerful legs with four strong digits that help them cling to the mountain and cliff faces they call home.
Dicolored Face-clingers are generally equal in gender population, though the two are very distinct from one another when in flight or when turned to face an individual. Males have red chest feathers while females have yellow feathers.
Life Span and Development
Dicolored Face-clingers are laid in eggs which are a deep blue color and speckled white along their entire surface, in groups anywhere from two to twelve individuals. Upon hatching, they are cared for by their parents, rapidly coming into their feathers after starting out pink and lacking their coloration. By the age of two months, the bird begins to leave the nest and by three, is fully independent. They are capable of living anywhere between three to five years.
Dicolored Face-clingers are fairly simple birds, lacking complexity in their minds and actions. Driven by instinct, they spend most of the day flying around at lower altitudes in forests or mountain valleys, eating insects and vegetation, or chirping. At sunset, they return to their cliff and mountain-face homes to rest in their nests. This mindless cycle is repeated over and over, only being stopped by extreme weather or the presence of baby Face-clingers which require frequent trips back up to the nest to feed the little ones.
Territory and Groupings
Dicolored Face-clinger flocks can grow to enormous sizes, numbering well over 200 individuals in those great flocks that thrive in the untapped mountain valleys of Talamoor. The bird is not territorial, though the nests they form are fiercely protected. They form these nests as well as their roosts in cliff and mountain faces, hence their name.
- Dicolored Face-clinger feathers are commonly used in decorative or children’s works in Talamoor.
- The largest flock of Dicolored Face-clingers numbered 400 and was recorded in 271 AC. Unfortunately, the remains of a typhoon from Hadar in the form of a hurricane destroyed the region the flock called home, and the flock was broken apart as a result.