In the first few days of their lives, the crested psittarx dragon hatchlings can be mistaken for featherless chicks. They resemble a bird chick more than a baby dragon and even their parents treat them as such. They are fed small insects and worms, and in return they squeak and flap their featherless wings in excitement. As the crested psittarx dragon hatchlings grow, so do their fine feathers. It is no surprise when a hatchling doesn't resemble its parents at all. Many of these dragons have a different colored coat and those that do end up with the same coloration as their parents are considered runts. Fortunately for these hatchlings, their parents accept them as they are. Unable to fly just yet, these hatchlings will humor themselves by flinging from one tree branch to another or by climbing up and down a tree trunk, leaving terrible scratch marks. They do not appear to be as affected as their parents are by nature around them so the crested psittarx dragon hatchlings will always act like goofballs, chasing small rodents on the forest floor or sometimes their own tails.
Closely related to the psittarx dragons that live in the jungle of Raza, the crested psittarx dragons can be found only in the Ixan jungle. They are slightly bigger and more ferocious, adapted to the dangers found only in the Ixan area. The main thing that differentiates them from their cousins is the head crest. They live in nests high above the ground, near the top of the tallest trees. Their loud screeches can be heard from miles away, often mistaken with the sounds baby dragons make. Some argue that these creatures resemble the psittarx more than dragons as their bodies are covered in fine hair-like feathers. However, they are indeed dragons, and they share the love for hoarding things with their draconic relatives. Be them fruits of different sizes and shapes or carcasses of previous meals, the crested psittarx dragons will hoard them feverishly. When not gathering things for their ever-growing collections, the crested psittarx dragons will spend their time playing with their kin or racing each other to the top of the tallest trees. Their sharps talons and nimble fingers make them agile climbers. Although tough-looking and fierce, the crested psittarx dragons are quite sensitive. They share an unbreakable bond with nature and can sense any changes. An ill-looking crested psittarx dragon is a sign of dying nature in the near vicinity. On the other hand, a happy crested psittarx dragon indicates a thriving environment in all aspects.
Sprite art: Mysfytt | Description: Real