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Karatick were birds native to the Crystal Desert. They were recognizable due to the dark fluffy feathers that covered sections of their bodies while leaving their legs and undersides exposed. During the day when the Three Suns were at their peak, Karatick could shift their bodies so that their feathers would protect their flesh from sunburn. In the cold of the night, they would cover their exposed sections with down and fluff their feathers into a configuration that would better hold in heat. They were naturally insectivores, but when their feeding grounds were decimated by violent sandstorms they would eat other animals and even their own kind.[1]

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