Some varieties of Tantekk are prolific in the southern Tarsin Desert as well as the Crater. Where the Crater-born tantekk tend towards thick plumage and bright colors, those that inhabit the buttes of the desert are drab and often featherless. They are sometimes kept as pets or as tracking animals, but rarely. They often follow Tarsin hunters on the way to the Crater, hoping to scavenge from the carcasses of slain tekk. In Gessick, tantekk that tag along are viewed as bad omens and every attempt is made to scare them off.