Glowbirds

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Glowbird
Base Information
Classification Omnivore/gatherer & Autotroph/radiovore
Terrain Unknown
Locomotion Flyer
Size (10cm - 15cm) / (0.5kg - 1.5kg)
Speed Unknown
Strength Unknown
Social Structure Unknown
Weapons Unknown
Armor Unknown
Source
Homeworld Pirema (Spinward Marches 2314)
Multi-world Yes
Canon No
Extinct Extant
Reference JTAS Online


Glowbird (Creature) Synopsis[edit]

This bird-like creature has bright orange and yellow feathers, which contain some energy-refracting silicates.

Glowbird (Creature) Physiology & Ecology[edit]

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Glowbird (Creature) Life Cycle & Reproduction[edit]

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Glowbird (Creature) Diet & Trophics[edit]

Glowbirds are actually hosts of symbiotic algae, which provide additional nutrients. Excess radiation cause those algae reproduce more actively, which benefits the bird host. In short, glow birds flock to radiation sources to eat.

Glowbird (Creature) History & Background[edit]

With their straight beaks and brilliant plumage, they can be very beautiful pets. Preferring a "hot" environment, they often roost in what power facilities and engine rooms that they can. High tech societies that make liberal use of fission reactors, such as radiothermal generators (RTGs) will find these birds everywhere.

Their spread is mostly accidental, although it can be hard to get rid of them, short of shooting them on sight.

Their meat is foul smelling, and their plumage wards off many predators.

Glowbird (Creature) TAS Advisory[edit]

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Glowbird (Creature) References & Contributors[edit]

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