These tiny, winged mechanical birds were originally thought of as simple baubles, remnants of one of the many extinct civilisations that dot the Unbeholden Reaches, their soothing
warbles fit for shipboard amusement in many a Rogue Trader’s quarters to help pass the long days of travel. It was Captain Reddertun Kavile who first reported their greater worth, when his began to shriek loudly shortly before his Gellar Field suffered a severe fluctuation. Kavile made the connection, and after some very risky testing established that they could indeed sense intrusions of the warp. Now the birds can be found more often on bridges than in cabins, their uncanny and as-yet unexplained ability to preternaturally detect an approaching Gellar Field failure a prized part of any vessel. If the ship suffers a Gellar Field failure or fluctuation, this item will provide a warning 1d10 Rounds beforehand. They will also warn the bearer if they are within 10 metres of a daemon, although this is not a guarantee.
Few of the songbirds can be found in Um’s quarters and at least on is always chirping around the Bridge.