Now that my larder has been restocked my little companion has nothing to fear anymore. The natives call it "The nightingan of the desert" and I agree - it's song is most delightful when it untucks its beak from behind the scarf that protects it against the relentless sandstorms.
Upon closer examination I found a concealed button in one of the hieroglyphs. After pressing it a hidden mechanism slid back the wall and revealed another room behind it that contained these two alien apparatuses.
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