If I had to give one piece of advice in dealing with whyrs, I wouldn’t. If you can, avoid them. That is my advice. In absence of that ability, you should know how to tell them apart, and what consequences each kind of whyr presents.
Most avocs think that whyrs are the same species, but this actually isn’t true. Apparently they’re four different species that all just look very similar. Here’s how to tell them apart:
Red whyrs are the smallest of the four species, and the most vibrantly coloured. The majority of their bodies are covered with red feathers, hence the name. It also has the distinction of having two-sided feathers along most of its body—the feathers that display red across the majority of its body are one of three other colours (yellow-green, turquoise, or cyan) on the underside.
They eat mostly insects, but eat more fruit than the other three. Specifically, they can use their beaks to get a certain fruit that grows inside wooden enclosures. I’ve seen some eat hard-stemmed plants, using their beaks to break the stems into smaller bits. Their main annoyance is that they’re smart enough to get into closed off areas such as fruit or grain farms, but their bite does hurt.
Blue whyrs are omnivorous, eating meat, insects, seeds, and fruit – preferring them in that order. Blue whyrs prey on cranipxum and marnma, as well as eating the insects and seeds that the red and white whyrs eat respectively. They will occasionally eat fruit, if no other food is available. They don’t seem to be as intelligent as the red whyrs – they don’t break into places, but they will attack you if you get close to them while hunting or eating. Like the reds, their bit will hurt.
To a lot of avocs, white (or gold) whyrs were a myth – you’re unlikely to see one. But that’s good. If you ever find yourself in the unlucky and unenviable position of being in close proximity to a white whyr, protect yourself at all costs. They are a skittish species and will most frequently choose to flee, but if they feel directly threatened, they can be dangerous. Their large wingspan makes them capable of lifting most avocs off the ground – a huge threat. As always, watch the beaks.
Many avocs call this one the blood whyr, as it is mostly carnivorous. It will attack mammals and avocs alike, and has been spotted chewing on bones – no one is sure why. Unlike the white whyr there is little threat of being carried away, but young avocs should always be cautious of purple whyrs in particular. Their beaks may be the shortest, but they can break avoc bones without much difficulty and will kill you if they feel like it. If a purple whyr is spotted in the area, you should just stay out of the open.
In any case, whyrs are no good. In many cases dangerous. As was my initial advice, if you can avoid them you should. In the absence of that, figure out which one you’re dealing with – thankfully the four colours are distinct – and prepare accordingly.