You know, I think it’s about time I sit down and start constructing Ba'tala’s flora and fauna. I’ll focus on the fauna for now because I’m much more zoology-savvy than I am botany.
I don’t have a name for this little critter, but for now, I’m using the term “chibbit” as the placeholder. Chibbits are common across the world, but depending on the region, you’ll have your variants–not only in coat color, but also the shape of the ears, combs, and tail feathers. Certain species are domesticated, and they’re roughly the size of Cornish chickens; they are roughly a combined equivalent to the rabbit (bred for their body fur and feathers) and chickens (they lay eggs). So yes, they’re chicken-rabbits, hence the name.
Wild chibbits tend to be far more colorful than their domesticated counterparts, and much more vicious and territorial. You really don’t want to mess with a flock of them. Also, they are freaking noisy. I imagine, when resting, they sound like little cooing pigeons, but when threatened, they screech an ungodly banshee shriek. Their beaks even open like nightjars.
Worth noting that chibbits are two-legged only–no wings. Also, their legs visually resemble insect legs (but not literally), and they move around hopping rather than walking. Visually I’m less inspired by just mashing the rabbit and chicken together and visually more to what are Furbies, Bafomdads in Star Fox Adventures, and even Birdy Ridley (I am not fond of Other M, btw). The chicken-rabbit thing just dawned on me like. Now.