Bird, Canary

This tiny songbird has feathers of pale yellow with a slight greenish tinge and is streaked with gray and brown on its back and wings.

Unaligned Tiny beast

Armor Class 11
Hit Points 1 (1d4 – 1)
Speed 5 ft., fly 40 ft.

1 (-5)12 (+1)8 (-1)2 (-4)12 (+1)8 (-1

Languages none
Skills Perception +4
Challenge 0 (10 XP)


  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +3 to hit (reach 0 ft.; one creature). Hit: 1 piercing damage.

Special Traits

  • Gas Vulnerability. Canaries are particularly vulnerable to the effects of inhaled poisons and fouled air. They have disadvantage on saving throws against any effect caused by an inhaled gas or substance.


Environment Forest (any land in captivity)
Organization solitary, pair, or flock (3-12)

These tiny birds were originally discovered among the subtropical islands of the south and were brought to the mainland to be bred as songbirds. Their numbers have flourished in captivity over the years, and it was eventually determined that they were useful in detecting dangerous gases in mines and caverns. Since that time, they have been widely employed by miners as sentinel animals to detect the presence of otherwise undetectable gas hazards before the miners are overcome by them.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

The Tome of Blighted Horrors, © 2016, Frog God Games, LLC; Authors John Ling, Authors Richard Pett, Pete Pollard, Alistair Rigg, Jeffrey Swank, and Greg A. Vaughan.

Additional Credit Author Greg A. Vaughan, based on material by Richard Pett and Tom Knauss.