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The Orphan Bird is a creature with origins in the mythology, legend and folklore of Medieval Europe. In particular, accounts of their existence are first recoded within numerous ancient bestiaries. They were often used for the purpose of biblical allegory.
The orphan bird looks like an amalgam of numerous birds. It seems to have the neck of a peacock, the beak of an eagle, the feet of a swan, and the body of a crane.
It acts, for the most part, like any other bird. The males are proud around females, and territorial against one another; the females submit to the males, and hare protective over their hatchlings. However, it mixes the nature of a waterfowl with the nature of a bird of prey.
Likewise, there is a ritual that sets the orphan bird apart from other birds. Pregnant females lay their eggs in the water (rather than in a nest safely away from the water), and then watch the eggs intently. Eggs that float are promptly pulled up out of the water, and taken into the safety of a nest. Eggs that sink are left behind, since they are known, by the mother, to not be viable.
Orphan birds are not particularly spectacular as far as abilities go. They have only above-average intelligence for a bird, with which they judge how to deal with bad eggs. They have adaptation that allows them to swim well. And they can survive at either high or low altitude.