The desert skyreaper has split from its ancestor to adapt to a lifestyle of eating almost anykind of animal matter. It has a much powerful jaw than its ancestor with thick stout teeth. Its lower jaw muscle is so large that it takes up most of the head. It uses these to eat both live prey and the hard shells or bones left behind after other creatures decay. Its motion detecting "eyes" are in their seperate openings than the rest of its eyes. Its plumage has receded more to decrease over heating. Its patterned feather crest, neck, wing, tail and back membranes are colored or patterned in a random assortment for identification among individuals. Due to this individuals with the same coloring arrangements are rare. They live in flocks that are spread out over large areas. Even though it is deaf, it makes a deep hissing gurgle to try and intimidate dark saucebacks that are a creature they try to avoid contact with.
Desert skyreapers mostly scavenge but can eat live prey. It kills its prey by biting through the spinal cord, dismembering it or simply crushing its head in its mouth. They like to scavenge more because there is no chance of an uncomfortable struggle usually put up by live prey.
Desert skyreapers reproduce in the same way as its ancestor but with a complicated mating dance. They live in flocks of up to 30 individuals, but spread out over an area of several hundred miles. They are not comfortable around members belonging from other flocks and will use threat displays to warn them off.