A phoenix is a bird with a colorful plumage and a tail of gold
and scarlet (or purple, blue, and green according to some legends). It
has a 500 to 1,000 year life-cycle, near the end of which it builds
itself a nest of twigs that then ignites; both nest and bird burn
fiercely and are reduced to ashes, from which a new, young phoenix or
phoenix egg arises, reborn anew to live again. The new phoenix is
destined to live as long as its old self.