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Webbirds were a very rare species of creatures that resembled birds, but were biologically closer to arachnids or insects.[1][2][3] There was no known evidence of these creatures living in the Realms.[note 1]

Description[]

Webbirds resembled a beakless bird with long feathered wings, roughly the size of a raven.[3] Their bodies were 5 inches (0.13 meters) in length, with whip-like tails that were 5 feet (1.5 meters), and wings that measured a distance of 1 ft (0.3 m).[2] Their were large, bulbous, and lacking in pupils.[1] They had two sets of legs. One was more like a bird and used for perching. The other pair were smaller, hooked appendages used for grasping.[2] Where a beak would be, there instead was slitted mouth full of hard, sharp bony ridges that served a similar purpose to teeth.[3] These ridges were perfectly adapted for rending flesh.[2]

Drooping from their chests was a tentacle-like, egg-laying appendage that measured 2​ to ​4 inches (0.051​ to ​0.1 meters) in length,[3][2] was pink in hue,[1] and lacked feathers.[2][1]

The feathers on the body of a webbird were tough and hair-like. They were typically of either a black[2] or metallic grey hue that turned greenish at their tail and wingtips. Their underbelly was light gray, shading into light green near their tails.[3] The underside of their wings had a pattern of three bright green ovaloids that gave an appearance of eyes. This served as a protective measure against larger creatures.[2] Some webbirds were known to display for more vibrant and colorful plumage on their wings, though their bodies were still largely black and displayed the same eye pattern.[1]

Behavior[]

Webbirds were semi-intelligent creatures that greatly feared fire and flames. Because of this they could be warded off by torches[3][2] and bonfires.[2]

Biology[]

These creatures were capable of emitting long strands of sticky, inflammable webbing that typically measured 7​ to ​12 feet (2.1​ to ​3.7 meters) in length. These strands were extremely strong, but could be dissolved by application of alcohol, such as wine.[3][2][1]

The average lifespan of a webbird was one year.[2]

Reproduction[]

These creatures were a hermaphroditic species[2] who reproduced asexually.[1] Once a webbird immobilized an injured creature, they would insert their chest appendage into the open wound and implant two to eight eggs. The grubs that hatched from these eggs slowly ate away at their hosts, causing excruciating pain, though they could be eradicated by use of the spell cure disease.[3][1] A skilled physician could potentially remove the eggs by cutting them out.[1]

Combat[]

Webbirds used their webbing to immobilize other creatures.[3][1] After immobilizing one they would land upon them to feed and lay their eggs.[2][1]

Rumors & Legends[]

According to some rumors, drow would utilize webbirds as guard animals and a means of disposing of the bodies of their dead.[2]

Ecology[]

Though they could be solitarily or in a pair, webbirds were communal creatures.[1] They typically traveled and nested in large flocks of around twelve to forty eight members. This was because they believed that there was safety in numbers.[2]

Diet[]

Webbirds were a carnivorous species of insect. They primarily preyed upon carrion[2] and other small flying creatures, though sometimes they would hunt in a flock and attempt to prey upon larger warm-blooded creatures.[3][2]

Lairs[]

These creatures constructed small, spherical nests out of whatever debris they could find and[1] from their webbing. They typically constructed these nests inside of caves, in the branches of trees,[2] or in the high on cliff walls. Bodies of past prey could often be found strewn about in old webs near their nests.[1]

Habitats[]

Webbirds were typically found inhabiting cliffs[1] or woodlands of areas with a semitropical climate[3][2] or temperate climate.[2][1]

Relationships[]

These creatures were often found to lair alongside stirges[2][1] or bats.[1] Due to having opposite active cycles, they had a sort of symbiotic relationship. In that whenever one was resting, the other would be awake and protecting their shared lair.[2][1]

Webbirds were a favored monster of the deity Lloth.[4]

Usage[]

Some wizards coveted the tails of these creatures, for they could serve as a material component to the spell web.[2]

Appendix[]

Notes[]

  1. There were no known instances of a webbird in a Realms sourcebook. However, they are listed in Demihuman Deities as one of many creatures that could appear in the Realms to act on behalf of Loth. For this reason, webbirds are documented in this article.

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True Spiders
Natural spiders: BladeBloodwebBristleBudbackDaughter of LolthDireDoomspinnerGargantuanGee'aantuGiant (Giant FlyingGiant Water)Huge (DeathjumpWolf spiderWatchspider)IceRoaveSpittingSubterranean (FlyingHairySword)TarantulaVelsharess Orbb
Magical spiders: BloodsilkElectricGlassGazeGoblinPet of KalistesSpellgauntSteeder
Planar spiders: Demonweb terrorFireMyrlocharPhaseTombVortex

True Arachnids Considered Spiderkind

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