The Krakow blackquill replaced its ancestor sometime in the Biocatian Period. The blackquill of the Krakow Plains have changed in several key ways. The animal's quills have become darker, to assist them in hiding from predators and prey. The tail, no longer needed for stability in the rockies, has changed to help the blackquill balance and has increased the overall length of the blackquill. The blackquill soon dethroned the quill lurker from its niche in the Krakow plains, and a small increase in the rocky bearhog population took care of the remaining lurkers in the Krakow Rockies. The increased population evened out quickly enough, but there would be no more quill lurkers on Sagan 4.
The blackquill has begun to move away from scavenging, and more into foraging and hunting. As a side effect of its dark pigment, the blackquill hunts and forages mostly at night, and are quite inactive during the day. During the day, the small groups of ten to fourteen blackquills sleep near each other. The size of the blackquill “pack” allows one member to stand guard, in case a scavenger gulper or sticky cube-dragger tries to attack a defenseless youth, egg, or even adult of the species. Interestingly enough, the blackquills largest prey is also its distant cousin; the plains dweller.
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