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"Do you see that flying irid? Look at the yellow on the underside of its wings."
"Yes. But they are horrible birds. They attack their own kind. It's strange, though. They nurture their young with great care. They teach them to fly, to hunt, to nest. Yet when their young reach maturity they are just as likely to eat their parents as each other."
―Tahl and Qui-Gon Jinn[src]

Irids were flighted birds native to the planet Ragoon VI. With yellow feathers on their wings,[2] they were noted for plumage that was pleasing to the eye. Nevertheless, they were notorious for their violent behavior toward others of their species. In contrast, they were quite nurturing to their young and taught them how to take care of themselves. Upon reaching maturity, when they developed that pugnacious disposition, offspring would often attack their own parents indiscriminately. Two Jedi, Qui-Gon Jinn and Tahl, saw an irid while visiting Ragoon VI for a training mission in the wake of Jinn's apprentice, Xanatos, turning to the dark side[1] around 53 BBY.[3]

Behind the scenesEdit

An irid briefly appeared in a flashback from the fifteenth novel of the Jedi Apprentice young readers series, Jedi Apprentice: The Death of Hope (2001), by Jude Watson. The birds later received an entry in The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia.



Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Jedi Apprentice: The Death of Hope
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Complete Star Wars Encyclopedia, Vol. II, p. 114 ("irid")
  3. The New Essential Chronology places the Telosian Civil War, soon after which Xanatos turned, in this year.
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