The piping song of the Peki fills the forests and beaches of Mata Nui.
These small, colorful birds are easily spotted amongst the trees,
holding fast to high branches and singing with all of their might.
They sing to warn of danger, to establish their territories, to call for mates,
and for any of a thousand other reasons known only to the Peki themselves.
Peki feed mostly on ripe fruits and fish. Their beaks are not strong enough
to crack the shells of large seeds and nuts, but if one falls from a tree
and breaks open on the ground below, Peki will flock from kio around
to share in the feast.
Although not especially graceful in the air, Peki are strong fliers.
They can land on the water, but they do not dive, and it takes some
effort to become airborne again. On the ground, Peki are quick and
nimble hoppers, movement balanced by their long tails.
If a cluster of Peki is set upon, it will scatter into the air,
each bird in a different direction. This explosion of bright color
is often enough of a surprise to predatory Rahi that not a single
Peki will be caught. When sleeping, the birds fold their wings and
tuck their heads into their feet, looking not unlike a disembodied
Kanohi mask. This unusual camouflage may help to ward off danger
while the Peki rests, and many a young villager has been startled
to come face to face with a tree full of these seemingly ghostly
The people of Mata Nui are very fond of Peki. They are far too noisy
to make good pets, however, and most Tohunga are content to watch and
listen from afar.