Yellow-orange with purple striping
|Behind the Scenes|
With its flat, broad beak and long neck and tail, the gentle Austrapede is a relatively small bird by Pandoran standards. It has yellow-orange skin with faint purple striping, a long beak, and a flat tail reaching down to its feet. It has a crest on the back of its head and several antennae-like appendages on its head and neck, though it is unclear which of these are its neural queue(s). Unlike other Pandoran birds and its relative, the great austrapede, the austrapede's wings have shrunken down to small, vestigial appendages. The austrapede is of tall stature, with much of its height made up by its legs and neck.
Austrapedes flap their wings when frightened. They may look friendly, but personalities can change in the blink of an eye! The austrapedes are impulsive, fidgety creatures whose emotions spread quickly from one individual to the other by a form of mimicry. However, they generally pose little threat to other creatures, and are sometimes affectionate to Na'vi.
They spend their time near Pandoran rivers and riverbeds.
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