Alcholoh

Alcholoh by NaelĂ­n
 

Biology

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Towering Watcher by Naelin
The Alcholohs are gigantic birds endemic to the island of Karte.   They have a bald neck and head with no beak, a long tail with an arrowhead tip, and a feathered body with a light brown coloration, on the top part, white on the bottom, and dark brown at the dorsal side of the wings. Around the base of the neck they have two collars of soft feathers: a small white one followed by a bigger yellow one. When the alcholoh stands in the ground or nest, they use part of their wings to support their weight, as their feet are small and weak.   They can reach 6 meters in wingspan and fly for hours at high altitudes, but despite their intimidating appearance they are scavengers that search for dead bodies with their impressive eyesight.  

Habitat

The alcholoh's habitat extends through all of the mountain chain east of this island, and to the Chalk Expanse in the north. They nest on inaccesible ledges on the mountains, but they prefer the treetops of the towering watchers, a massive tree found only in the Chalk Expanse.  

Reproduction

All alcholohs develop darker markings on their faces, but once males reach sexual maturity, their markings turn into complex designs in bright yellow and blue that they use to attract a female.
This species is almost exclusively monogamous and mates for life, laying an egg every 2 or 3 years during the month of Sowing. The eggs hatch in around two months during the month of Birthing, and its parents will take care of the baby for the following 3 years.

The Kartian bird

Flag of Karte by Naelin
The Kingdom of Karte bears the alcholoh as their national creature and show it on their flag alongside the head of a gnaw.
While the alcholoh is technically considered a pactual species, able to form pacts with others, they rarely get close to societarians and have never made a pact with the Kartians, so their relation is mostly of mutual respect, and of awe on the side of the Kartians, that sometimes travel just to try to see one of them.
Distribution of alcholohs in the archipelago by Naelin
Am I birb?
Or am I snek?
I do not know
Confused as heck
Should I hiss
Or should I hoot?
Never mind
I boop the snoot
— Maddy
Classification
Pactual Species
Lifespan
50 years
Average Weight
~40k
Average Length
~4.5m wingspan
~3m head to tail
Geographic Distribution
Towering Watcher
Species | Nov 7, 2021

The tallest tree in the archipelago, which inhabits only the Chalk Expanse in the island of Karte



Cover image: Maps Banner by Naelin

Comments

Author's Notes

Thanks Catoblepon for accidentally contributing with the name for this birb, and thank you Maddy, Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull's amazing wife, for her wonderful bredlik poem!


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Journeyman PrincessESH
Aster Blackwell
31 Aug, 2021 02:07

I love all the art that you included!

2 Sep, 2021 00:36

Thank you very much! I did all the art in this article, little by little :)

Journeyman PrincessESH
Aster Blackwell
2 Sep, 2021 22:17

Yes I've noticed that you've done all the art for pretty much your entire world! It's very beautiful and impressive. I hope to accomplish the same for my world ^^

1 Sep, 2021 13:54

Your art, as always, is gorgeous. These are really fun birbs. <3   I love seeing Maddy's poem here too!

Author of Fillimet, bright fantasy land of possibilities, and Vazdimet, its darker spacefaring future.
2 Sep, 2021 00:37

Thank you very much Solar <3