Goatsucker Bird

by Kipper Snifferdoo
 Climate/Terrain: Temperate
 Frequency: Very Rare (4% chance)
 Organization: Individual
 Activity Cycle: Night
 Diet: Omnivore
 Intelligence: Animal Intelligence (1)
 Treasure: None
 Alignment: Neutral

 No. Appearing: 1-2
 Armor Class: 5
 Movement: 18 (Flightless)
 Hit Dice: 2+3
 THAC0: 16
 No. of Attacks: 1
 Damage/Attack: 2-8
 Special Attack: Nil
 Special Defences: Never Surprised
 Magic Resistance: Nil
 Size: S (1')
 Morale: Unsteady (5-7)
 XP Value: 125
General Introduction: The Goatsucker is a small-sized avain, nocturnal bird found in temperate and tropical regions. Goatsuckers have long, pointed wings, strong feet, and small, gaping bills fringed with bristles. Most are brown, gray, or black and have monotonous songs. They feed mainly on insects.

They are a favorite of kender because the are so difficult to find and hunt. They are such a rare bird that most people don't even think they exist, except for kender of course who actually orgainze hunts to find the ill-tempered creatures.

Combat: Goatsuckers are skittish birds that will flee when faced with a fight. If they are cornered for some reason and forced to fight, they are nasty quick fighters. They always tend to target eyes if they can get to them and can jump by flapping their wings and making leaps up to 4 feet. They attack with their sharp beaks for 2-8 points of damage.

Goatsuckers are never surprised because of their high paranoia they are always on alert.

Habitat/Society: Goatsuckers build nests well hidden in underbrush or the base of trees. They are hidden so well that it takes a determined search by a ranger or someone with the animal lore proficiency to find them. Goatsuckers always build nests that have at least two routes of escape.

Occasionally you will find two Goatsuckers together during mating season. They will not stick around to defend each other or the nest. Goatsucker eggs are very hard to get to hatch so collecting them to raise them are usually a waste of time.

Ecology: Goatsuckers are wild birds and no tamed Goatsucker has ever been sucessfully raised. They taste like a gamey chicken and the meat is usually very tough. Kender hunt these creatures more for the challenge they represent not primarily for food.

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