The “terror bird” in this National Geographic video is very similar to the huge, flightless, killer birds that haunt the plains of Obann in my Bell Mountain books. One of them killed Martis’ horse and ate it, almost bagging Martis, too. Another was raised from a chick by Perkin the wanderer and is now a kind of bodyguard to King Ryons. Perkin named it Baby.
If you’ve ever wondered what these creatures look like, this video will do.
These are fearsome predators, and you don’t want to be walking alone on the plains when one of them is hungry. You probably don’t want to be riding, either: the bird can outrun most horses.
Not at all a poor guardian for a boy king with a lot of enemies!