Thursday, 5 April 2012

Eel-birds of Regulus V

E is for Eel-bird!

Very little is known about the Regulan eel-bird - only one reference has been made to the species canonically (whenever a Vulcan explains the Pon Farr), and there have been only a couple of references within literature.

An Eelbird, as illustrated by the legendary Don Ivan Punchatz
Native to Regulus V, the eel-bird was first mentioned by Spock in TOS: Amok Time in an attempt to explain the Pon Farr - "There are precedents in nature, Captain. The giant eel-birds of Regulus Five, once each eleven years they must return to the caverns where they hatched." The eel-bird's eggs have been consumed as food by various humanoids.

In the eBook "The Darkness Drops Again", we were introduced to a sub-species known as the pygmy eel-bird. This sub-species' feathers would reflect the UV rays of the planet's sun, so that they appeared to be a shiny purple. This may also explain the coloring in Don Ivan Punchatz's illustration (shown above) for "The Worlds of the Federation".