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Rah-Bop's D&D Kenku character, Rue (love the "wingalings" on the upper arms and vulture hocks on the legs, evocative presence of flight feathers despite the absence of wings, which is fitting for D&D Kenku lore)

Simon Roy's Dinosauroids (also here, here), with interesting ideas on combat/hunting and weapon use by Rodrigo-Vega (differences in stabbing techniques from homnids due to musculature! very exciting)

Most attempts at crow-people are too "furry-like" IMO, just homnids with feathers and bird parts glued on. But I like these.
Considering hip/thigh structure necessary for the "bent-leg anthro" look, as well as the presence of hands on forelimbs, it makes most sense to have a Kenku-like creature evolve from theropod-like (Maniraptors? Ornithomimosaurs?) rather than fully avian ancestors, moving in a similar but slightly different direction relative to true birds.

Bird scales are just derived feathers. The ancestors had some weak gliding capabilities, with feathered arms and hands and legs, but sacrificed them for better manual dexterity, developing scaly arms the same way birds developed scaly legs. Atavistic "wings" occasionally appear on lower arms and hands, similar to feather-legged pigeons and chickens, but they're useless for flight and mainly just a hinderance to hand-related things.

The species utilizes the beak as well as the hands for tool use, similar to Simon Roy's Dinosauroids.
Other species present in their homelands include
> the keythong, a gracile, omnivorous, highly derived ceratopsian, with long forelimbs and hindlimbs. It is covered in short, sandy-colored fur-like pelage, and bears porcupine-like quills on its shoulders and back. (Inspired by the speculated ties between protoceratops skeletons and griffin myths.)
> the "owlbear," which is also an omnivorious derived ceratopsian. It is anatomically similar to true ceratopsidae, though it has unusually long claws on its front and back feet, and is covered in a thick pelt of feather-fur. Its skull bears a ceratopsian crest, which are almost totally obscured by the feathering on its neck and face, which also give its face the same illusion of flatness seen in true owls.
> Parrot-people, which are much smaller than crow-people and look something like this dinosauroid.

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