The Culchan is a species of huge, flightless carnivorous bird inhabiting the southern plains of the continent of Lustria. These grassland plains are named after the birds, and stretch from the temple-city of Oyxl to the southern-most tip of the continent.
Culchan are unusual looking birds, with strong legs and necks, parrot like heads, and beaks strong enough to crush a man's skull. Culchan reach up to nine feet in height. Plumage is normally brown, but male Culchan in good condition grow a set of colourful blue and red plumage. They are fierce creatures, but can be used as riding beasts if hand-reared, which makes their eggs and young highly valuable. Many of the Skinks who guard the ruins of Oyxl ride Culchan when on patrol. Culchan are also prized by primitive tribal creatures for their multicoloured plumes and their flesh, a delicacy to humans and Slann alike.