Deshkivari are curious animals and can be found all across the Callisto Islands. They are cautious toward snakes and birds, but don't seem to fear many other creatures on the islands, including humans. It is not uncommon for a flock of young deshkivari to latch onto the necklaces, hats, shirt cuffs, or even fingers of visitors to the islands, provided the intended anchor point does not move too much. The small flying fish spend most of their time looking for flowers like hibiscus and birds of paradise to feed on, lapping up nectar with their long tongues. At night, deshkivari swarm to the tallest trees they can find and huddle together for warmth, perching with their strong prehensile tails. Unlike some other animals that sleep together, deshkivari don't keep a lookout, for they cannot afford to waste energy in the cool night, but if a predator disturbs those sleeping lower in the tree, they can make a loud panic call that alerts the other deshkivari in the tree and may occasionally scare off the predator.
Deshkivari are common around the Callisto Islands and can often be seen investigating outdoor buffets or flitting alongside sea vessels. They never wander far from land as they require nectar to fuel their high metabolisms, but strong winds will occasionally blow them to distant islands. Deshkivari have even been reported in the Candle Archipelagos, though no one is quite sure how they got there. While easily mistaken for a hummingbird from a distance, deshkivari do not flap their wings nearly as quickly and cannot truly hover, though they will grasp plants with their prehensile tails as they feed. Old potion recipes occasionally call for deshkivari wings or tails to enhance the potency of certain brews, though the efficacy of these ingredients has been debated for over a hundred years. Even to this day, some magi will insist that deshkivari wings will prolong the shelf life of a potion and deshkivari tails will double a potion's strength, but this has yet to be verified empirically. Living deshkivari have a rather unusual ability that is generally useless to humans: they can extend their power of flight to allow small fish to breathe out of water and float in the air for a limited time.
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