Ngani-Vatu

Also known as Ngutu-Lei.

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  • Pacific Pacific (culture)
  • Flying Flying (attribute)
  • Neutral Neutral (behaviour)

A gigantic bird from the tales of the Fijian people that was so large that it blocked out the sun and the beat of its wings caused storms.

It is similar to the Poua-Kai of Maori legends and the Roc of Arabian tales. It hunted people which it swiftly picked up with its large talons to be taken back to its nest and killed. People ran at the mere sight of one hearing the sound of its beating wings from a long way off. It was so quick and swift that few could escape it when it had chosen its target of prey.

The name Ngutu-Lei is also used for the common Brown Bobby bird which is not large at all. Perhaps the appearance of the Ngani-Vatu was similar; long pale yellow beak, pale yellow legs, a white belly and a dark brown coloured body.

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