I decided that when I don't have enough material for a new world-building essay, I'll be writing posts like this with small disconnected harpy facts: I'm going to call them Bird Baths
, 'cause they'll be short and sweet like one.
So without further ado!
- In harpies, wing down goes all the way up the shoulders and joins below the neck, forming a soft, fuzzy patch on the chest. Nuzzling this "tuft" is a very intimate gesture of affection, normally reserved for family and lovers;
- Speaking of gestures, if you see two harpies leaning on each other's shoulder and lightly touching noses, it means "we are a happy, loving couple";
- Raptor harpies have developed canines like mammal predators, and usually their babies don't require weaning as they're perfectly able to eat adult food, provided it's cut into small enough pieces;
- To expand on a previous note, most harpies have the lean, compact but powerful muscles of a human marathon runner or trained soldier, minimizing weight while giving them enough strength to leap off the ground, and in some cases carry their own weight - they may be light and graceful, but absolutely never think of them as weak;
- Small passerine harpies like sparrows absolutely love dogberries and winterberries - dogberry pie and winterberry shortcake are the top favourite desserts of harpy schoolgirls everywhere;
- Being territorial and with a strong protective instinct, goose harpies are usually employed in the security business (this actually has basis in real life: geese and llamas are better guards than even dogs!);
- Pelican harpies have cheek pouches, like hamsters!
(Harpy design provided by Nobuyoshi-Zamurai [link]
That's all for now. Thanks for reading!