Proto-Forski were on their way to developing a peaceful culture, maintaining fruit-farms in the upper branches of rain-forests on their home planet, when they were discovered by the Soro.

While having a bird-like appearance, they actually derived from cold-blooded, tree-climbing amphibians. Their feathers were originally elaborate temperature-regulating spines. Only later did conversion for flight take place.

Forski biochemistry i quite alien; their blood uses heavy metal molecules to carry enormous oxygen supplies. Despite their agility and bright plumage it was the voice of the Forski that brought them renown. With a seven-octave range, many can sing duets with themselves, using a split vocal box.

They are the cheerleaders of the Soro clan, generallly able to put a positive spin on any given situation, a trait reinforced by uplift.

Sources: Contacting Aliens, An Illustrated Guide to David Brin's Uplift Universe, GURPS Uplift,