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hen of the woods

Gallus frondosa

an old illustration of a hen of the woods
common names hen of the woods,
wood hen,
lifespan 15-20 years
full-grown size 2'
diet herbivorous
habitat temperate forest climates
can you eat it? yes; juicy meat, peppery taste

a long standing staple of many cultures' cuisine, the humble wood hen is found all around the mild-weather parts of Teres. they're often kept as pets, as they require little maintenance and are soft to the touch. the fungal growths on them can be plucked safely without harming the bird itself. in some folklore, these hens symbolize abundance and prosperity.

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