The blackback was an elusive forest-dwelling bird of prey that lived in the Hanna Wild Game Reserve and other protected regions on the planet Chandrila. The birds were a popular hunting prize, though they were well-protected by the Chandrilan government after their near-extinction. Blackbacks' diet consisted of squalls and other small rodents, which they sometimes hunted while circling thermal vents.
Biology and appearance
Elusive and carnivorous creatures, blackbacks hunted squalls and small rodents. The birds often circled the thermal vents in Chandrila's Crystal Canyons, where they stalked prey and, on occasion, bothered climbers.
Prior to the construction of Chandrila's many farms, blackbacks roamed over much of the planet. However, because the birds were seen as valuable hunting trophies, they were nearly hunted to extinction hundreds of years before the Galactic Civil War. As a result, Chandrila's squall population increased dramatically, endangering crops. Eventually, the blackback was protected by the Chandrilan government and allowed to roam large preserves, such as the Hanna Wild Game Reserve.
By the time of the Galactic Empire, blackbacks in the Hanna Wild Game Reserve were hunted by ghorla-riding hunters. In order to be able to participate in the hunt, one required a permit that cost more than 200,000 credits per kill, a sum that was used by the Chandrilans to fund breeding programs for the birds. During the Empire's blockade of Chandrila, all such permits were suspended except for those belonging to Imperial officials.