The World Of Khoras - Fauna and Flora - Fauna - Grasslands

Stone Beak

Other Names Plains Runner, Sau'irre
Climate/Terrain Subtropical Grasslands
Frequency Uncommon
Organization Group
Activity Cycle

Diurnal

Diet Herbivore

Physical Description

A large, flightless bird which stands 3.5 meters tall, half of which is muscular legs, and has a lean frame similar to an ostrich. The bird is named for its enormous beak (which is 60 cm long (2 ft) and weighs over 18 kilograms (40 pounds). It is a short, thick, powerful beak, as hard as rock and can inflict serious wounds. 

Combat

The Stone Beak attacks by using its powerful neck and huge beak to make lightning fast pecks. Its long neck and extreme height gives the bird a serious reach advantage over most opponents. The bird is capable of astounding leaps and running speeds of over 60 mph (which keeps it safe from all but the fastest predators). The Stone Beak also uses those powerful legs to deliver rib-cracking kicks.

Habitat

Stone Beaks live in the warm and breezy grassy plains of the southwest. They can be found in Talis, Kalimura, southern Bathynia and throughout the Iron Hills. They roam the Iron Hills and plains in flocks of 5-50 with other grazing animals. Stone Beaks lay their enormous 15 inch eggs in hollows in the ground and make their nests hidden in tall reeds and grasses.

Ecology

The Stone Beak is primarily a herbivore feeding on seeds, fruit, berries, grass, leaves, insects and larvae but may also eat the occasional small rodent. Kalimurans occasionally hunt the giant bird. The Rotha tribe of Myrians worship Stone Beaks as their totem animal and use them as steeds. For them, these birds are holy and hunting them is unthinkable. This is another reason why the Kalimurans and Rotha are constantly opposed. The phellysians do not generally like steeds and find riding the Stone Beak to be particularly awkward. On occasion, phellysians will hunt the Stone Beak for food as the Kalimurans do. Stone Beaks can also be trained for use as decent pack animals.

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