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"In all of my travels, I've never seen an animal stranger than the Endorian chicken, but it's not without its uses."
Dexter Jettster[src]

Endorian chickens, also known as tip-yip in Ewokese, were a species of birds that lived in the forests of Endor. These domesticated animals were kept by the Ewoks primarily as a source of food, and their meat was considered delicious.


Chickens were a species of non-sentient fowl hailing from Endor,[1] a lush moon orbiting planet Tana.[2] They had two thin legs with three clawed toes and an additional spur-like growth on the back of the foot. They also had puff crests of feathers, short wings and a feathered tail.[1]

The chickens in culture

The sentient Ewoks, a race of diminutive aliens from Endor, kept these chickens for their meat,[1][3] which was known offworld to be succulent—according to the Besalisk chef Dexter Jettster.[4] During the final decade of the Galactic Republic, Jettster served the Endorian chicken pot pie and fried Endorian chicken at Dex's Diner, his restaurant located in CoCo Town, Coruscant.[4]

The Imperial All Terrain Scout Transport walker was nicknamed "chicken walker" after the creature.[5] The Ewokese name for the species was "tip-yip."[6]

Behind the scenes

The real life fowls that appeared in the 1984 made-for-TV film Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure[1] resembled Polish chickens, which have characteristic bouffant crest of feathers.[7] The Endorian chicken was also mentioned in the Galactic Phrase Book & Travel Guide as a word to say to the native Ewoks.[6]



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