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The canary was a bird found in Faerûn. It was bright yellow in color and sang.[1]


Duathamper canaryEdit

This canary nested in the butternut trees on the River Duathamper in Cormanthor. It had yellow feathers and a green throat. It was notable for being regarded as Rillifane Rallathil's favorite creature, according to Makk Fireseed and the elves of the Tangled Trees. They believed the canary's yellow feathers were symbolic of the sun, and that its green throat represented the leaves of trees.[2]


Many dwarven miners of northern Faerûn, such as those of Earthfast, took caged canaries with them into the mines. If the air turned bad, then the canary died first. They adopted this practice as a certain glowing fungus, which changed color in bad air and was used by southern dwarves, tended to die in cold northern climates.[3][1]

Ironlord Torg mac Cei of Earthfast developed a liking for them, and kept several as pets. He often carried a fine golden cage about with him, even on campaign and in battle.[3][1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 James Lowder (January 1991). Crusade. (TSR, Inc), p. 140–141. ISBN 0-8803-8908-7.
  2. James Butler, Elizabeth T. Danforth, Jean Rabe (September 1994). “Cormanthor”. In Karen S. Boomgarden ed. Elminster's Ecologies (TSR, Inc), p. 4. ISBN 1-5607-6917-3.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Ed Greenwood (October 1990). Dwarves Deep. (TSR, Inc.), p. 61–62. ISBN 0-88038-880-3.
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