This is the Common Skyeel from Brandon Sanderson’s “Stormlight Archive” novel series.
I have a lot of fun coming up with ideas for it!
The novel only has one Skyeel, which I decided to expanded into three species to have some more diversity. Besides the Common Skyeel, there is the Greater Skyeel, and Lesser Skyeel, because I am great at naming things like that. Stay tuned~
The Common Skyeel has a difficult balance to strike – it needs to not compete in coolness with the Greater Skyeel, but also not as drab and blending-in as the Lesser Skyeel. Like a seagull, but cooler, but not too cool. For that reason Common Skyeel remains the only design that has the same color, pattern, and size between female and male. It is also the last of the three I designed, but somehow ended up being the standard to which I adjust the other two Skyeel designs to make the Greater fittingly boss-like, and the Lesser accordingly humble.