I have been on hiatus for several months getting my life in order while trying to spare time to brave the digital media; this being my first digital painting. However, I've learned a lot and intend on being more frequent.
Growing up to nine feet from head to tail, Conivolatilis are primarily solitary, carnivorous, denizens who spend most of their life within a single canyon or mountain side. However, these creatures are not territorial to their kin as they have a predatory codependence on the protection one another may provide. Due to their muscle mass they require the assistance of a nauseous gas stored in a sac within the chest cavity to create buoyancy and deter threats. They fly ungracefully at high altitudes along cliffs and other steep slopes to catch the up draft until they spot unsuspecting prey. They then begin a steep decent as they release the gas from their chest which causes them to drop faster and creates a loud screeching howl. This noise alerts other Conivolatilis of a kill in progress. They play the role of scavenger as part of an unwritten, natural contract where helping to defend the otherwise helpless hunter yields a free meal (the deafening howl of several of these birds incoming is enough to frighten off most threats). As the hunter drops in on its prey it opens its arms as a brace to break the fall and hold the prey in place just as the tail punctures their flesh with all the weight of Conivolatilis behind it. The tail contains another sac of the toxin condensed into a liquid, used to subdue the prey as if the wound was not fatal, Conivolatilis would not be able to escape until it produced enough of the gas to again achieve flight.