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The gryphons of Windsonde are limited to the following birds*.

:pointr:Expanded information and resources can be found here.
*Only exception being Tookie Island. Tookie Island was specifically created for other bird combinations.  Please read the info on the island for further details.

The hind end of Windsonde gryphons are restricted to felines. These may be either domestic breeds or wild species. Patterns may intermingle and become varied.
:pointr:Here is a Wikipedia article for ideas.

ONLY NATURAL COLORS EXIST ON WINDSONDE. Some gryphons enjoy dying their feathers, but this technique is primitive and often does not make for very bright colors.
    NOTE: It is impossible to dye large amounts of feathers and the technique is applied with the beak - so it is also imprecise. The dyes are also temporary and fade over the course of a week or two or are moulted/shed out.

Gryphons MUST have the following:
    :pointr:Ears
      Ears need to be visible and feline.

    :pointr:Feet
      Gryphons have four legs.  They may either have feline front paws or birdlike front paws. It's more a genetic thing than anything else, like hair color.  The difference is that those with feline feet are going to be much less dexterous when it comes to manipulating - but much quicker on four paws.  Those with bird front feet will have a much easier time manipulating or crafting with their hands, but slower when it comes to running.  Feline and bird feet are a luck of the draw genetic thing, so you may give your character whatever you wish - but just keep the previous pros and cons in mind.

    :pointr:Wings
      Reasonably realistically sized so that your gryphon can fly.

    :pointr:Tail
      Your gryph can have a feline tail or a combination of bird and feline, but not just bird.

    :pointr:Eyes

    :pointr:Beak

Please blend your two gryphon animals together when designing it.  We don't want to see two animals stitched together in the middle.

Size:  Mainland gryphons are, on average, lion size regardless of their feline or bird species.  Like normal animals they can vary to a degree (smaller than average, bigger than average), but nothing extreme.  Tookie Island gryphons are all, on average, house cat sized at the largest or smaller (down to hamster size).

Families: As far as families are concerned one or both of your gryphon's parents should have the traits (front end species and hind end species) of your gryphon. Therefore, the baby gryphons produced from the union of two gryphons should have traits from one or both of the parents. Simple as that.  NO blending of fore or hind-end species (it's one species of bird + one species of feline).  
    Example: A raven/tiger + golden eagle/lion could have the following babies:
      raven/tiger golden eagle/lion raven/lion golden eagle/tiger
    NOTE: We are NOT a gryphon breeding game, this information is being provided in case a challenge prompts you to draw your character's family or you want to draw them for fun.
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Acinoynx Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

I have a question, are humming bird griffins allowed? Because I saw a hummingbird combination in a "Challenge." It might have been from Tookie island, since practically any kind of bird combination that lives in tropical regions is allowed there.  Hummingbirds are one of my favorite birds so that's why I was asking :>

 

Oh, and this group seems to have a lot of potential. I can't wait to join! c: *scurries off to continue reading the rules*

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Bailiwick Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
Hummingbird gryphs are totally allowed for Tookie Island, but the mainland ones are larger predatory birds and cats :)
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Acinoynx Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Alright, thank you :3
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Sheeda123 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So i can't seem to find anything about accessories anywhere, and since some others seem to have them i wanted to ask: Is it possible for a gryphon to wear fx. Jewelry? and if yes, then what kind? I assume it is not metal, gold, silver ect since that is human technology. But maybe more leather and such. But still, is it possible for a gryphon to fx. wear beaded feathers in their fur? what kind of "interesting" stuff do they have access to, to make jewelry and accessories of? (if they do that)
I am sorry if this is a stupid question, i just thought that it might be better to ask instead of just assuming ^^;
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Bailiwick Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013
Sorry about the late reply! I've been super busy. Gryphons can definitely wear jewelry. It would be primarily bone, feathers, fur, twigs, coral/shells. If they trade with humans they might be able to get some metal fixings as well, but they would be rare to acquire. Natural items. Gems would be a yes as well, although they would be in their roughest form (not even the humans can do faceted stones like we know them today). 
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Sheeda123 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
okay thanks you very much! 
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Myrethy Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
There doesn't seem to be a specific restriction against this, but I just wanted to clarify-are extinct species allowed in the feline half of the gryphon combination? I figured since the species of birds allowed was rather specific it was referring to species alive today, but the feline doesn't seem to have that requirement.
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Bailiwick Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
We take those case by case. There's only one or two "extinct" mixes, permission given to certain members because we felt it was ok for them alone. Overall though, there's so many birds and cats available out there that its really extremely strongly encouraged that members go for non-extinct animals first and foremost.
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Myrethy Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for the clarification.
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Safury Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012
Are alternate color variations acceptable? Like, say a maltese or albino cheetah?
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