are a fictional, alien species created by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières in the French comic book series Valérian and Laureline
Shingouz are brown, short-furred creatures, little less than a metre tall, resembling flightless birds with a snout instead of a beak.
Shingouz mating is a very complex ritual where three pairs of Shingouz, each consisting of a male and a female, go through a choreography that can last for several days.
Shingouz have an extremely high tolerance and preference for strong alcoholic beverages, which they consume in large quantities. Their preferred drink is a local one called glingue
, whose exact nature has never been mentioned but which is rumoured to be strong enough to be toxic to humans. Shingouz like their alcohol so strong that one of them once mistook lamp oil for a drink. It's also implied that alcohol is their primary sustenance.
The Shingouz society is capitalist to the extreme. Shingouz want a profit from everything they do. They are especially adept in trading important and sensitive information to interested parties. They store their innumerable lucky finds in small double sacks, which they never give up.