- "Something like a pheasant, only prettier. A lovely bird. Beautiful plumage."
- —Friar Begel, “My Travels in Kislev"[1a]
Firebirds share their name with the awesome flame-tailed creatures that are messengers of Dazh and are considered to be descended from their mythical cousins. As a result, these gleaming-feathered pheasant-like birds are believed sacred to Dazh, and it is extremely bad luck to harm or kill one, particularly when a priest of Dazh is nearby. This superstition has helped these birds survive despite their rather annoying habits. The male firebirds build a bower to attract the females, and to keep it free from snow, they build it from hot coals and embers they collect from campfires. Anyone camping in the wild in early spring who leaves their fire pit unattended whilst sleeping will almost certainly wake to find a clutch of firebirds scratching and pecking through the embers, an activity that often leaves nearby equipment the worse for wear.[1a]