Bliz

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Bliz
Faunal Information
Type Bird
Native Worlds Hapes Prime
Colour Pink & Black (Adult)
Grey & Black(Young)
Lifespan 8–12 years
Size 26–31 cm (Wingspan)
Weight 46–50 grams
Characteristics Lays Bliz Egg

The Bliz is a small pink bird native to Hapes Prime known for laying plump pink eggs which are considered a delicacy among Hapans. Many domesticate blizes and build wooden blizcots in which the birds live, often together with a mate.

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Description & History

It’s rich plumage – a perfect mix of black, pink, and grey along with grace displayed when in flight, make it a favorite Hapan bird often held in households. Not only are blizes pleasant to observe, but also to listen – its strong song is know to soothe nerves and create a warm and friendly atmosphere. Since only healthy specimens posses the features mentioned above, Hapans put great care to provide them with excellent living conditions.

Blizes are held in commodious wooden cages called blizcots in which they can exist in very comfortable environment (one blizcot usually contains 4 to 5 specimens). Houses of wealthier Hapans often have a special room or even a professional aviary which imitates the natural habitat of blizes and holds a small flock of those beautiful birds. Another unique feature of Bliz are its eggs as they are considered to be a delicacy throughout the Hapes Cluster, and are known to reach astronomical prices outside of it. Since female blizes only lay eggs twice a year, its precious eggs are gathered and stored only to be eaten during the most important moments for Hapans – when a birth of first child is celebrated, during marriage celebrations, and when Hapans celebrate the Coronation Day or King’s Birthday.

During the reign of Queen-Mother Pal'durath VII and after her death, when the civil war raged in the Hapes Cluster, bliz eggs were used as one of the means of providing income. In poor families, in which everybody had to work in order to survive, children were sent to the forest to gather the precious eggs – not to satisfy their hunger but to sell them to wealthy merchants and more fortunate ones. Now when poverty is non-existing, the bliz has become a symbol of success – as not everyone can afford to keep bliz specimens.

Biological Information

Originally this fine songster occupied only the planet Hapes Prime. But as Hapan dominion expanded, biologists and ornithologists successfully strived to bring this wonder to other Hapan-held planets. Blizes prefer temperate climates and do not exist in the cold parts of Hapan planets. It also avoids hot and humid jungle and swamp areas. Years before Hapes experienced an economical boom, when infrastructure was not well developed, blizes could only be found in deep ancient forests and grass-lands. Now that cities have expanded and economies flourishing, a bliz can also be encountered in Hapan orchards and gardens – where it is the most welcomed guest. Blizes are known to prefer Tik and Tzimernut trees for nesting. Its lifespan when not in captivity ranges from 8 to 10 years. Househeld birds are known to reach the age of 12 years. A healthy specimen can reach a speed of up to 32 km/h, weighs between 46-50 g, and has a wingspan of 25-31 cm.

Breeding/Mating

When blizes disappear from Hapan cities it is a clear sign that mating season has begun, as blizes are know to pair only in deep woods. The bliz courting ritual is one of the most interesting things that one can see. The male specimen first attracts the female one to the nest that it has created, usually made of small twigs, grass and padded with moss. When the female specimen ‘inspects’ the nest, the male dances around her and sings. The melody itself is very beautiful. It is a known fact that the song is unique to the breeding ritual and can be only heard at that time.

Another interesting fact is that the male, prior to the visit of a female, prepares something that can be called a feast – small worms and berries are placed on a nearby branch so that after the ‘inspection’ the female can satisfy her hunger. If the female specimen is satisfied with the reception, it pairs with the male. The relationship lasts until the last nestling abandons the home as an independent bird.

Bliz Facts

  • Population greatly increased thanks to habitat changes made by Hapans.
  • Sings to communicate with other specimens, females are know to sing longer and use more complex melody.
  • Lives in small flocks.
  • Singers from Ut often carry trained Bliz with them on stage and sing in unison.

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