Female Hatchling

Female Hatchling
Name: unnamed
Species: Stellar Nightjar Gryphlet
Birthday: Thursday, August 4, 2022
Owner: Ragers

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Newly hatched nightjar gryphlet hatchlings are small, sleepy creatures, not much larger than normal kittens. They spend all day and most of the night asleep, chirping softly until they are fed for the few hours they are awake. After a few weeks, they spend more time awake, playing with their siblings, winged kittens, or their magi, learning to stalk insects and slowly gaining use of their wings by pouncing on unfortunate flies and moths. As young nightjar gryphlets at the Keep grow older and come into their powers properly, one common favorite pastime is to blend into their surroundings and surprise tackle unsuspecting magi passing by. Fortunately, they usually grow out of this habit while still merely the size of a huge house cat, as at that size the behavior is merely cute, whereas being suddenly tackled by an adult-sized gryphlet tends to be far more alarming.

Nightjar gryphlets are about two-thirds the size of their common gryphon cousins, and unlike most other gryphons, are nocturnal. They spend most of the night foraging, for they subsist mostly on bugs, which is no small feat for creatures of their size. However, when times are lean, they have been known to hunt and eat meat, though nightjar gryphlets that feed only on meat slowly grow thin and listless. Nightjar gryphlets travel quietly and are capable of great stealth at night, becoming all but invisible when they wish to by blending into their surroundings. Because they must devote so much time to foraging, despite being large enough to ride, nightjar gryphlets do not make great mounts for long journeys. However, they are far more affectionate than the average gryphon, and are beloved companions for their sweet nature.

Sprite art: Mysfytt | Description: Kestrad