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Magestone: Skullbird by Osmatar Magestone: Skullbird by Osmatar
Also known as the skullraven, the Skullbird (Craniornis) is a large corvid native to Telenotia. While otherwise appearing like an unusually large raven, the skullbird has a featherless head that is mostly covered in keratinous scale-like plates that together with the dark bare skin and black eyes give it the appearance of a fleshless skull from a distance. Due to its ghastly visage, there is a lot of superstition surrounding the skullbird. It's believed to bring bad luck and be in league with Death personified. If one lands on a ship it is seen as a sign that a member of the crew will die soon, and more than one predicts a shipwreck.

These birds are more predatory than the crows and ravens of the Old World, but also the most important scavenging birds in Telenotia. They are sometimes seen in large numbers near the shore where they look for washed-up fish and other sea creatures. They also harass seabirds to steal their catches and will sometimes chase and land on nearby ships in the hope of an easy meal. In inland Telenotia they tend to live in pairs and only gather together when there is carrion available. Skullbirds aren't exclusively carnivorous and will feed on fruits, berries and nuts when they are available. There is plenty of evidence to suggest that they are at least as intelligent as Old World corvids, and are known to spontaneously fashion tools to gain access to desired foods. There are also reports that suggest they intentionally pester ship crews based on how upset the sailors appear to be to see them.

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This ghoulish corvid is based loosely on a D&D monster, but was really inspired by the Skullcrawler Spec Evo challenge. I considered making a skull-faced bird or pterosaur but in the end chose a different approach. It seemed like a neat idea however, and having read about tons of D&D monsters while looking for ideas for Magestone I remembered the Skullbird, and decided to do a variation on the idea.
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:iconplaguefathernurgle:
PlagueFatherNurgle Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2017
A thought, are their teratorns or terrorbirds.
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2017  Professional General Artist
There are no teratorns, because the niche is taken by Azhdarchids. There is a terror-bird like animal, but it's not something we'd even call an avian. 
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PlagueFatherNurgle Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2017
Hmm, interesting
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DovahkiinHU3BR Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2017
Lord Harkon sent a like.
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hananas59 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is really awesome, that art looks absolutely amazing with the texture and the bird looks intelligent and mean at the same time ...
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks you! 
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Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Student General Artist
I love this!
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2017  Professional General Artist
:D
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TheDerpasaur Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Skull + Bird = Skird
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2017  Professional General Artist
Skird = slang for scared in southern US, according to Urban Dictionary. Appropriate, I suppose.
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TheDerpasaur Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
whoa
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Professional General Artist
The keratin texture looks amazing!
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :) It was quite a challenge actually.
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HUBLERDON Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Noice!
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Osmatar Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2017  Professional General Artist
Thanks
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