A Field Piskie (Hamadryas compensis).

This is what's written in Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You about Pixies.

Pixies (Family: Pusillipraedonidae)Edit

Tricksy by nature, pixies particularly delight in tormenting humans. For this reason, they can be found living in suburban and rural areas, and sometimes even in the parks of cities, any greensward, basically, where people are frequent.

Ranging between two feet and the height of a human child, pixies (also known as piskies) make their homes in the hollows of logs, lean-tos formed by felled trees, and in gardens. Unlike boggarts and brownies, pixies never live inside houses, preferring to dwell outdoors. They sometimes can be spotted alone but are more commonly found in groups of three to five. Their desire is to dwell in groups place them in the trooping category within the Invisible World.

Due to their prankish nature, pixies are unremarkable in coloring. Their clothing is usually natural in tone, all the better for hiding themselves as they wait for someone to fall into their next trap.

Like many faeries, pixies dislike rude, greedy and cruel people and often single them out to be the victims of their pranks. Pixies are particularly known for knotting hair, leading people astray and pinching skin black and blue. Pixies also have a fondness for stealing horses.

An excellent sign of pixie presence is small items going missing. Of particular interest to pixies are thimbles, pincushions, toothpicks, eating utensils, paper clips and straight pins. If you are lucky enough to discover a pixie's lair, you will be surprised at the array of things they've "borrowed".

If a dog barks for no reason while staring at an empty spot along a fence or a cat chases something unseen in a garden, it is very likely that the yard in question is infested with pixies. There is, however, a way to be sure. Simply take a clod of grassy dirt and turn it grass-side down. If, when you return later on, it has been flipped back, there are definitely pixies in the area.

Known speciesEdit

  • Field Piskie (Hamadryas compensis)

Additional factsEdit

In areas where there are Pixies, you may find small harnesses on foxes and other medium-sized animals.

Known PiskiesEdit

One little Field Piskie (pictured above) became interested in Arthur Spiderwick's painting materials and stole a brush. Its shoes were likely "borrowed" from a Leprechaun.

Another one, a female (pictured to the left) was seen dancing in the grass of a meadow. When she noticed Arthur, she stopped and looked at him, apparently curious. However, when he said that he was only documenting

The female Pixie.

and did not intend to hurt her, she just stared at him, and then said: "You have come too far. Your destiny is forever changed." And then, she turned into a dragonfly and flew away.

Behind the scenesEdit

In folklore, the Pixie, also called Pixy, Pixi, Piskie, Pigsie or Pizkie, are a type of small winged Faeries that enjoy tormenting Humans with various tricks. They like stealing horses. Some sources say that they also enjoy to steal infants and/or lead travelers astray, but this seems to be a cross-over of Faerie mythology, as the original pixie did not have these features. Piskies are said to live primarily in Cornwall and Devon.


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