Perched at Evalee's Peak
|Common Name:||Derpie Bird|
|Known Locations||Evalee's Peak|
|Conservation:||Critically Endangered (CR)|
The Derpitipus Featherus, more commonly known simply as the Derpie Bird, was once found all over the continent of Lemuria. Recent colonization of the continent however has cut down the population of the Derpie bird. The Derpie bird now only exists within the city of Evalee's Peak, and is all but extinct in the wild. Recent efforts to protect this bird have been made by the biologists of Evalee's Peak, in an attempt to make the city a friendly host for this majestic bird.
The Derpie bird is a rare specimen indeed, each bird boasts a unique combination of colors of feathers which has given the bird a unique presence as it stands out very vividly in it's environment. The bird however is large enough to avoid most predators, and prefers to perch in high areas away from others. In addition to it's brightly colored plumage, the Derpie bird boasts a famous a clump of "hair" on the top of it's head, and can be seen shaking it to puff it out to gain attention from the other birds in the flock.
The Derpie Bird has a light, warbling sound, and is known to sing at all times of the day, and far into the night. Due to their size, they can easily communicate with other Derpies great distances away - but due to their current status, have concentrated in a much smaller area than usual for their species.
Distribution and Habitat
The Derpie bird previously thrived in the Lemuria continent, living in the high altitudes of the mountains and forests. However, with the current invasion into Lemuria, these mountain ranges have all been but cleared out for these birds, making them much easier for new predators to catch them. These birds have now clustered around Evalee's Peak and are being watched by the city biologists in an effort to help bring back the slowly dwindling population. Perches have been erected throughout the city in an attempt to help provide the population with a safe place to roost.
Recent attempts to maintain a captive population of Derpie birds in the Daro has coincided with a sudden increase in Daro Monster sightings. This may be a coincidental correlation, however the Derpie bird's propensity to sing audibly from long distances and to hunt in coastal waters makes potential monster predation a noteworthy threat for this endangered species.
The Derpie is diurnal, though has been spotted recently being more active, singing into the nights. Feeding containers and perches are set up throughout Evalee's Peak for these animals now, but the birds seem to remain wary of these, and continue instead to hunt for fish most of the time. When Derpie's do land on the perches, they tend to "zone out", spending hours at a time just looking straightforward, and seemingly not moving a single muscle. Leading Evalee biologists Dr. Feather and Dr. Kupo, have studied these birds since the initial colonization but much remains unknown about most of the behaviors of these birds.