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Feathered folk who resemble ravens, kenku are blessed with keen observation and supernaturally accurate memories. None of them can remember the origin of the first kenku, however, and they often joke that there are as many kenku origin stories as there are kenku. Some of them paint their genesis as a curse, being a flightless bird people doomed to mimic other people’s creations. Other kenku recite cryptic but beautiful poems about their advent being a blessed event in which they were sent into the multiverse to observe and catalog its many wonders.

​Whatever their true origin, kenku are most often found in the Shadowfell and the Material Plane, and they tend to have the coloration typical of ravens.



  • Min: 140 cm (4'7")

  • Max: 160 cm (5'3")


  • Common

  • Mimicry*

Life Span

  • Adulthood: 18 years

  • Longevity: 60 years


  • 3 tiles per turn


Expert Duplication

All kenku have a keen attention to detail. You are proficient in Perception and can copy another's writing perfectly, to the exact shape of each letter, regardless of whether or not you know the language in which it is written.


You can accurately mimic sounds you have heard, including voices (this means you may mimic a language you do not know, but you will still not understand it). A creature that hears the sounds you make can tell they are imitations only with a successful Insight check (DC 8 + your proficiency bonus + CHA). You are also proficient in Deception and Persuasion.

Kenku Recall

Thanks to your supernaturally good memory, you also have proficiency in History and Religion.

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