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Fledgling Grace Birds (Part 2 of 4)

Here are more birds from the Fledgling Grace series.  Begin with Part 1. Skip to Part 3, Part 4.




Dodo -- mentioned in "Like the Vapor-Ghosts of Hiroshima."  They had tiny, useless wings with fluffy feathers.  The plumage has variously been described as brown or gray, sometimes with lighter patches on the wings.  The tail was a ridiculous little puff, also sometimes lighter than the body.

This manifestation appears among the descendants of Dutch sailors who visited the bird's native island of Mauritius, and perhaps assisted the dodo to extinction.  They are rare.

Dove -- mentioned in "The Fledging," "The Poi Bird," "The Wingdresser's Kitchen," "On a Wing and a Prayer," "Cherubim and Seraphim," and "Devil's Advocate."  

Doves and pigeons belong to the family Columbidae  and the terms are vaguely defined; smaller birds tend to be called doves and larger ones pigeons.  When spread, the wings almost form a crescent pointing forward and the tail fans out into a triangle.  White doves are a common color phase of the ringneck dove.  Mourning doves are a pale buff color.  Unspecified dove wings are usually the white variety.

Doves are associated with Christianity because of the Bible verse (among others) Matthew 3:16 "He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him." Dove wings are common among Christians and their descendants, so very widespread.  They are more likely for people who embody peace, compassion, and love or who have an especially close connection to the Holy Spirit.  This version is more likely to be the pure white of Biblical doves.

Doves and pigeons alike are associated with England, France, and through them much of the rest of Europe and America.  Thus they are common, widespread wing manifestations.  They tend to be pale shades of cream, buff, or silver-gray.  Wings with lighter colors and fewer markings appear more often among the upper classes -- or wherever they have sown their wild oats.  Mourning doves in particular are associated with tragedy or loss; these wings appear more often in underprivileged populations, but can appear anywhere.

The priest who fledges in "The Fledging" develops white dove wings.

The protagonist of "The Poi Bird" has white dove wings from England, marked with other bird types.

Beatrice, the woman who first learns to fly in "On a Wing and a Prayer," has white dove wings.

A handsome young man who sings on street corners in "Devil's Advocate" has white dove wings.

Eastern imperial eagle -- mentioned in "Brothers and Cousins" and "Picking and Pecking."  These eagles have large blunt wings with widely spreading pinions and a very little bit of white on the shoulders.  The wings angle back slightly from a notable forward joint.  The tail is broad and blunt.  They are mostly dark brown with lighter brown tipping some feathers.

This plumage prevails in Austria.  It occasionally appears among Ashkenazi Jews and elsewhere.

Eastern red bat -- mentioned in "Pluck."  This is not a bird but a bat.  This species is sexually dimorphic; males have bright red-brown fur, while females have chestnut fur frosted with white.  The wings are short and come to a point above a wide tail membrane.  The wing membrane is chocolate to black between fingers of bright reddish brown.

One of the antagonists in "Pluck" originally has the plumage of a Rhode Island red rooster, which moults to that of a hen, and then changes to that of a female eastern red bat.

Egyptian goose -- mentioned in "Cohanim."  Egyptian geese are light brown with large white patches on the shoulders of the wings.  The wings are large with rounded ends, the tail short and blunt.

This is a typical manifestation for Jews.  It is also fairly common throughout much of Egypt, where some Jewish ancestry has mixed into the general population.  Jews tend to manifest the wings of migrant species, whereas most other groups manifest resident species.

Egyptian slit-faced bat -- mentioned in "Picking and Pecking."  This is a bat rather than a bird.  The broad wings are fairly blunt and the tail membrane is nearly square.  The membranes are chocolate to black.

This manifestation happens most often in Israel and Palestine, but also Egypt and elsewhere in the Middle East.  It appears primarily in Jews and Palestinians, occasionally Muslims and Christians.

Glaucous gull -- mentioned in "Dark Triangles" and "Dancing Down the Sky."  Glaucous gulls are large white seabirds marked with grey across the top of the wings and the back.  The long slim wings come to a sharp point.  The short tail forms almost a half-circle when spread.

Gull wings are associated with the Vikings, seafaring raiders who ranged far from Norse territory for centuries.  So in addition to being common in Norway, these wings also appear in places such as Ireland and France -- wherever the Vikings left offspring.  They have spread farther afield from those landing places, for instance, from France to Senegal.

Glossy black cockatoo -- mentioned in "Like a Cocky on a Biscuit Tin."  Glossy black cockatoos are sexually dimorphic.  Males are solid black except for a vivid red band on the tail.  Females are dark brown with occasional yellow speckles.  The wings are broad and blunt with spreading pinions.  The tail is very wide, showing notches along the trailing edge, with a deeper notch in the middle.

Glossy black cockatoos correspond to the Bundjalung tribe, near Ballina in New South Wales on the east coast of Australia.  The manifestation prevails in that tribe, but is also fairly common elsewhere on the east coast and among people of mixed Australian descent.

Glossy ibis -- mentioned in "Cohanim."  The glossy ibis has dark greenish feathers with vivid bottle-green iridescence.  The long wings taper to a point and the tail is blunt.

Jewish tradition tracks the genealogy of the Cohanim, a priestly family.  Glossy ibis wings prevail among the Cohanim and sometimes appear in their descendants -- including a tribe of black people in Africa whose oral tradition says that they had Jewish ancestors.  This is a rare manifestation.  Jews tend to manifest the wings of migrant species, whereas most other groups manifest resident species.

Golden eagle -- mentioned in "Dancing Down the Sky."  Their large broad wings are almost straight and fan out like fingers at the ends.  The tail also forms a broad fan, its white feathers tipped with brown or black.  Golden eagles are deep golden-bronze with pale patches on the underwings.  

This manifestation is uncommon but widespread across the native tribes of North America.  As described in "Dancing Down the Sky," Then there were the people who fledged with the wings of eagles -- golden eagles and bald eagles mostly -- men who had done the Sun Dance, warriors distinguished in battle, women who were many times mothers, or storytellers, or great beadworkers, dancers of all genders and any tribe.  There was a Head Lady Dancer, much younger, who had done both the Women's Traditional and the Fancy Shawl Dance. She set aside her eagle-feather fan and covered her face with her own golden wing when she bowed.

Golden pheasant -- mentioned in "Cherubim and Seraphim."  These birds are sexually dimorphic.  The male has brilliant red and blue covert feathers on the wings and brown to gray flight feathers.  The wings are short and blunt.  The tail has long black plumes speckled with buff, the shorter ones tipped with crimson and all emerging from under a golden ruff.  The female is a plain mottled brown with a shorter tail.

These wings manifest mainly in China but have appeared elsewhere too.  This is a rare manifestation.

The first seraph (female) in "Cherubim and Seraphim" has middle wings and tail from a golden pheasant.

Great northern loon -- mentioned in "Dancing Down the Sky."  Loon wings are long, narrow, and sharply pointed.  The upper sides are black with white spots on the covert feathers; the flight feathers are dark.  The underwings are a pale silver-gray darking to black at the edges of the wings.  The tail is very short, barely visible.

This manifestation prevails among the Ojibwe tribe.

Greater bird-of-paradise -- mentioned in "Cherubim and Seraphim."  These birds are sexually dimorphic.  The male's wings are broad and short with cinnamon to maroon feathers.  The tail has long silky flumes of gold turning to white, streaked with maroon, and two curling wires.  The female is maroon to chocolate, with a shorter tail ending in two curved lobes with a central notch like the top of a heart.

This manifestation prevails among the Asmat people of Papua New Guinea.

The first cherub (male) mentioned in "Cherubim and Seraphim" has lower wings sprouting from his hips, and the tail, of a greater bird-of-paradise.

Green rosella -- mentioned in "Like a Cocky on a Biscuit Tin."  Green rosellas have short blunt wings with widely spreading pinions, and a long pointed tail.  The wing feathers are green to black, narrowly edged with blue to green; the underwings are blue and green.  The tail is green with blue outer feathers.

The Parlevar, an extinct tribe of Tasmania, bequeath the wings of the green rosella to their distant descendants.  There are at least a few in and around the city of Devonport on the northwest coast of Tasmania.

Iberian Imperial Eagle -- mentioned in "A Stranger Message" and "Picking and Pecking."  Iberian Imperial Eagles have long golden-brown wings that curve slightly toward the head, with pinions that open like fingers at the ends.  The tail is similarly colored and spreads to a triangle.

These wings correlate to Spain and the Hispanic diaspora.  They tend to be associated with the Conquistadores  and the patrones -- adventurers, wealthy or noble people, those of prestige -- and of course, such people leave many descendants in far-flung places.  This manifestation is moderately common across the Spanish diaspora, and appears occasionally elsewhere.

This manifestation appears occasionally among Sephardic Jews.

'i'iwi bird -- mentioned in "The Poi Bird."  They have short blunt wings with scarlet covert feathers and black flight feathers, with a white spot between the scarlet and black.  The short black tail has a distinct notch in the middle.

This manifestation prevails among the native people of Hawai'i.

The protagonist of "The Poi Bird" has a cap of the scarlet coverts from an 'i'iwi  on the left, although the base pattern for the wings is the white dove of England.

Indigo macaw -- mentioned in "The Poi Bird."  These birds have long broad wings and a very long narrow tail.  The feathers are a deep iridescent blue on top and charcoal to black underneath.

These wings are widespread among the natives of Brazil.

The protagonist of "The Poi Bird" has indigo macaw primaries from Brazil on the right, although the base pattern for the wings is the white dove of England.


[To be continued in Part 3 ...]


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siege From: siege Date: December 13th, 2012 08:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
I haven't seen it mentioned yet, but my favorite bat is the Western Pipistrelle, mostly based on looks.

I once played an anthropomorphic version on a sci-fi themed roleplay MUCK. She was small and usually quiet, with a platinum-colored natural buzzcut; but she made up for it with a really nice pistol (9mm Glock-36 with anti-kick vents) and an awesome grav-bike that she could deploy from a modified missile bay under the cockpit of her "space RV" (house-ship/light cargo hauler).
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 13th, 2012 09:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

Thank you!

>>I haven't seen it mentioned yet, but my favorite bat is the Western Pipistrelle, mostly based on looks.<<

I haven't used that one yet, but have noted it for future reference.

>>I once played an anthropomorphic version on a sci-fi themed roleplay MUCK. She was small and usually quiet, with a platinum-colored natural buzzcut; but she made up for it with a really nice pistol (9mm Glock-36 with anti-kick vents) and an awesome grav-bike that she could deploy from a modified missile bay under the cockpit of her "space RV" (house-ship/light cargo hauler).<<

That sounds cool.
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