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For the #Age-of-Avians Project.

For many a millennia the descendants of the Grey Wolf through the help of genetic mutations began to form and diversify into several breeds which took many new shapes, size and colorations. While most breeds were bred mainly to aid humans in hunting, others were bred for new tasks such as herding, retrieving and guarding. While some breeds such as huskies or shepherds retain the appearance of their distant and no longer tamed ancestors, many breeds have been given characteristics that make them almost completely unrecognizable from them.

Osprey Hounds have followed that path as well. Here we have a list of some of the many breeds of domestic osprey hounds.

1. Orange Retriever
Named for its orange plumage, the Orange Retriever has been bred to sniff out an animal that the owner has killed and to bring to animal to its owner. Orange Retrievers are very loyal and friendly even with Corvlings. They also come in various shades of orange. This breed originated in what use to be Italy.

2. Brown Dragger
One of the largest breeds of domestic osprey hound, the Brown Dragger have been bred for their immense strength which allows them to carry things such as previsions or pull carts. While most Corvin countries use vehicles to transport items, Brown Draggers are relied on for such a task in amish countries or economically lower countries. This bulky breed's strength is also useful for taking down big game, but overall they are very docile and are considered as the gentle giant of the osprey hound world. Not only is the Brown Dragger one of the largest breeds, it is also one of the oldest as its origins date back to the Neolithic Age (Late Stone Age) in what use to be the Scandinavian Peninsula. There have been discoveries of fossilized remains of Osprey Hounds of larger stature and even cave paintings have depicted hunting scenes in which tamed Osprey Hounds are accompanied by larger versions of their kind which have also been shown in paintings depicting them walking back to the village with dead animals tied to their backs.

3. Grey Skeedlester
The Skeedlester is best known for its elongated and spindly body structure, its long legs which make them adept sprinters, its elongated beak which useful for probing burrows, its elongated neck which to reach further in burrows and its high intelligence. They are mainly bred for spotting prey (thanks to their sharp eyesight which allows them to see prey 6 miles away), chasing after prey, reaching into burrows with its beak and neck, and even racing. This breed originated in what use to be known as Ethiopia and dates back to the mid Iron Age.

4. Black-Headed Peghallie
This breed originated in what use to be Alaska and were bred for their penguin-like coloration which makes them easier for their owners to see them in the snow. They are very efficient at hunting in tundras thanks to their equal reliance on sight and smell. They are very loyal and not only are they good as Hunting Ospreys, they're also very good Guard Ospreys, Search and Rescue Ospreys and Police Ospreys.

5. Ring-Necked Backwi
Originating in what use to be Norway, the Ring-Necked Backwi was bred for its sharp eyesight and its unique sense of hearing. These senses make them excellent Service Osprey for deaf or visually challenged Corvins. They are trained to recognize certain areas and which turns to make to get there.

6. Blue Shepherd
Named for its Grayish Blue plumage, the Blue Shepherd was bred for herding livestock and guarding households. This breed originated in what use to be known as northern Russia and date back to the early Bronze Age. They are very friendly with Corvins they are familiar with, but it takes time for them to trust Corvins they haven't met before.

7. Calhal
This breed which originated in what use to be Oregon was originally bred to herd livestock but is now more commonly used as Guard Osprey and Police Osprey (Osprey who aid police forces by attacking criminals and searching for illegal items). Calhals are usually friendly and loyal to Corvins they are familiar with.

8. Yellow-Striped Backwi
A descendant of the Ring-Necked Backwi, the Yellow-Striped Backwi was bred as a hunting Osprey Hound rather than a Service Osprey Hound. Its sharp eyesight and excellent sense of hearing which was inherited by its ancestor the Ring-Necked Backwi has made the Yellow-Striped Backwi a very useful Hunting Osprey Hound.

9. Millkani
Originating from what use to be England the neotenic Millkani is a very small breed of Osprey Hound that has been bred to search the burrows of small animals and flush them out.Millkanies also make good companions. It not only best known for its small stature, but also its typical hostility towards Osprey Hounds that it is unfamiliar with.

More Osprey Hound Breeds coming soon…

Osprey Hound species © ~Cephlaken
Breeds of Osprey Hounds © ~Cephlaken and ~platypus12 (Me)
Art © Me and #Age-of-Avians
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"Alright everyone! Listen up!" Shouted Buck to his team. "To be a good fighter, you have a be an extremely flexible one! Take me for example!" Buck began twisting his torso without any extremities as though it were made of rubber, and Buck did not show any sign of pain or discomfort.

Steve's jaw dropped in amazement. "You're not really expecting us to twist that far, are you?" Steve asked sheepishly. "If I wasn't, would I be demonstrating this to you?" Scoffed Buck as he gestured to his torso which was still twisted. "Buck, this is insane!" Shouted Zippy. "Our bodies can't twist are far as yours! We're not weasels like you! We're not as flexible!" "Not yet you're not!" Said Buck as he continued demonstrating his limitless flexibility. "But with some training, along with some yoga, you'll be just a flexible as I am!"

Suddenly for a brief moment, Buck let out a choking cough. He looked down and saw that his torso had been tied into a knot. Steve's jaw dropped even lower. "Did what I think just happened, happened?" He asked. "I think so." Dickie answered. "That can't feel comfortable." Chirped Eddie.

"Not to worry, team." Buck wheezed sheepishly. "This is just a minor mishap. Besides, I was just warming up. I just need to untie this knot is all." Buck began to wriggle and squirm to untie the knot, but there was no avail no matter how hard he tried. The knot even began to tighten more and more with every movement he made.

"I don't know, Buck." Said Millie. "I think you're only making the knot even tighter." Steve bent down to observe the knot. " It looks kinda infected to me." He said as he poked at the knot. "Don't touch it!" Screamed Zippy. "You might get infected too!"

"Zippy, you can't infected by a knot." Chirped Eddie. "That's what my cousin Winslow said when his tail got tied in a knot." Zippy replied. "Did it get infected?" Dickie asked. "Well uh, no not really." Zippy mumbled sheepishly as he dipped his head in embarrassment. "Just as I thought." Eddie chirped as he rolled his eyes, then he proceeded preening his feathers.

"But the knot Buck has here is way worse!" Said Zippy. "Juts look at it, it's an abdominal knot!" "Well, uh…" Eddie murmured sheepishly. "I still don't think a knot could get infected, but I'm pretty sure that knot's not good for the internal organs." "Or Buck's flexibility." Millie added. "Well, I will admit, this knot does feel a bit tight, and it does itch a bit." Buck mumbled sheepishly. "But I'm not any discomfort or anything!" He said with confidence is his tone this time.

Little did Buck and his team know that behind a bush behind Buck was a Pachycephalosaurus spying on Buck. This is story! The Pachycephalosaurus thought to himself. Buckminster, the most idolized mammal in the Dino World, gets in a knot and can't get out! This is gonna be huge! Even bigger than an Amphicoelias fragillimus! A mischievous grin grew upon his face as he tapped his fingers together.
Here's the downside to being a weasel with an elastic body. I might continue this later on.
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For the #Age-of-Avians Project.

Bee Birds are the descendants of Bee-Eaters. Like their ancestors, Bee Birds live in colonies, however their colonies are more complex and consists of a hierarchy and caste members, much like in colonial insects. Bee Bird colonies are led by females which are larger than the males and are ranked the highest on the social order (even female hatchlings rank higher than the males), which is why they are called Queens. Unlike queens in colonial insects, queen Bee Birds do have control over the colony. Each colony has at least 5 females and only one is allowed to mate and become an official queen.

The rest of the colony consists of males. Their role in the colony changes with age. Young males which are small and bright green are workers and serve the colony by providing food. Workers are typically timid and skittish.

As a male grow older, he grow larger, his feathers become less bright, the yellowish coloration on the top of his heads become red, his behavior changes from timid and skittish to aggressive and territorial, and his beak begins to grow several spike-like growths on the beak which are used for combat, therefore his role changes from worker to soldier. The soldiers serve the colony by defending it. Only the oldest male in the colony will be allowed to mate and be called a Drone.

When the females reach sexual maturity, they will seek out the oldest male in the colony and will even battle over him. The winning female gets the chance to mate with the oldest male and become an official queen, while the losing females will be forced to leave the colony and either start a colony of their own or conquer another colony by assassinating the queen and taking her place. Females who start their own colony will emit a call that can be heard miles away. Any males that are within the range of this call will fly to the source of the call. When they find the female that emitted this call, they will promptly accept her as their queen.

It is common for other males to challenge the Drone for the Queen. If the Drone wins the battle, he will retain his position as the Drone and the Queen's mate while the opposing male (if he survives the battle) will be banished from the colony, however if the opposing male wins, he will take the other male's position as the Drone and become the Queen's new mate while the former Drone (if he survives the battle) will be banished from the colony.
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For the #Age-of-Avians Project.

This creature was inspired by this article [link] sent to me by ~Terios-The-Hedgehog (A big thanks to her! :)). The Gallusasaurus (Chicken Lizard) is the descendent of domestic chicken that have been injected with the genes of small theropods in an attempt reconstruct the dinosaurs. When humans fled from Earth during the C-O (Cenozoic-Ornithozoic) event many Gallusasauruses were brought aboard the ships along with animals of other species, however the Gallusasauruses that were left behind began to reproduce and populate, making them one of the few animals who's evolution was influenced by humans. They are greatly favored by many predators.

The Gallusasurus' diet consists mainly of small insects, lizards and seeds. Their Morphology has perplexed Corvin Zoologists for centuries due to constant debate on whether they are birds with long tails or reptiles with feathers and beaks. The debate ended when a renown Corvin Biologist made the amazing discovery that Gallusasauruses had the genes of both bird and reptile leaving him to theorize this species as the missing link between birds and reptiles, thus promptly placing them in a class of their own which was designed specifically for animals that bare both avians and reptilian traits. The Biologist was utterly shocked when he discovered that the reptilian genes that Gallusasaurus contains is from dinosaurs; reptiles that was extinct even before the Age of Mammals.

This lead to the theory that a small dinosaur species somehow survived the K-T event and survived long enough to evolve into Gallusasauruses. Little do Corvins know that Gallusasaurus is not really a direct descendent of the dinosaurs for not nature alone designed this reptavian but mainly by human.
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For the #Age-of-Avians Project.

Eclectus Sapiens (or Psittacins as they call themselves) are the descendents of the Eclectus Parrot. The two rear foot digits on Zygodactyl feet allows them to preform tasks that would usually require two hands with just one, giving them extra dexterity. Despite having a language of their own, they still retain their tendency for vocal mimicry which they use to their advantage, such as luring prey by mimicking mating calls.
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"Does my knot look kinda swollen to you?" Buck asked Dickie. "I'm already starting to feel it throbbing." Dickie bent over to observe the knot in Buck's torso. "It looks a lot swollen." Dickie answered. "How am I going to explain this to my fans?" Buck asked as his ears began to droop. "If anyone finds out that I'm tied in a knot I can't untie, I'll be the laughing stock of the Dino World!"

"Maybe not…" Dickie added encouragingly. "Maybe it could become new fashion statement, like King Kamealoha's pineapple crown. Everyone will want a knot in their torso." "Yeah, that's what I thought about the Double Eyepatch." Buck murmured. "That was different!" Dickie added. "No was able to see so well with two leaves covering their eyes."

"Well, for know, let's just lay low." Buck said as he straightened his back. "Hopefully I'll be free of this knot before anyone notices." Suddenly, a pteranodon began soaring in the periphery of Buck's field of vision. Buck focused carefully on the pterosaur as it soared in circles above a crowd of dinosaurs with leaves clutched in its talons. The leaves began to floating down to the ground as the pterosaur released its grip.

"Extra! Extra! Read all about it!" The pterosaur squawked. "Idolized mammal gets himself in a knot and can't get out!" The dinosaurs below the pterosaur began picking the leaves off the ground and began reading the writing on them. "Out of my way! Move it!" Buck ordered as he shoved his way through the crowd of dinosaurs. He picked up one the leaves, held it up to face and began scanning through the writing. Looks like it's too late for laying low. Buck thought to himself as his knot felt even tighter than before.

"Hey!" A voice bellowed from behind Buck. Buck turned around and saw a triceratops who had a steady gaze at the knot in Buck's torso. "Aren't you Buck? You know… That knotted up weasel here in the news?" The triceratops asked. "Hey, yeah! That is him!" A stegosaurus pointed out. "That's obviously him! Look! He has that knot!" An apatosaurus sneered.

As more of the dinosaurs in the crowd began to take notice, Buck could feel his knot tighten even more. As he looked up and saw the pterosaur nervously gliding away, a thought began to cloud Buck's mind. How did that Pterosaur find out about my knot? As Buck's fists began to clench with anger, so did his knot. Then, he turned his attention to the crowd of dinosaurs who were pointing at him, mumbling about him and even trying hold back their laughter.

Buck had to find a way to follow the pterosaur without having the crowd follow him, so he knew he had to find a way to sneak past the crowd. He noticed the Stink Berries tied to his vine-belt, then suddenly an idea struck him. "Enjoying the show, scalies?" Buck barked. "Well then you're gonna love the grand finale!" Buck grabbed a handful of stink berries and began tossing them all into the air, and as they began to plummet to the ground, the dinosaurs in the crowd gasped in horror and shielded their faces.

As the berries hit the ground, they bursted into thick, green, foul smelling clouds that blocked the vision of the dinosaurs and polluted their nostrils with its foul scent. The dinosaurs were coughing furiously and trying to fan away the putrid clouds. As the clouds of the stink berries began to fade, the crowd began to take sighs of relief which changed into gasps of surprise when they realized that Buck was no where to be seen.
Let's hope Buck will find a way to free himself of his ever so annoying knot in this chapter. I'll be sure to finish this chapter soon. :D
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For the #Age-of-Avians project.

The platodile is the descendent of platypuses that dwell in Tasmania. It is a ferocious ambush predator that plays a role similar to that of Saltwater Crocodiles. The end of its bill is curved so that it can latch onto prey. Inside of the bill are several sharp teeth-like projections that are used for tearing flesh.

Platodiles lurk in lakes where they wait for unsuspecting animals who come to drink from the lakes. Whenever an animal comes near a lake that a Platodile is lurking in, the Platodile will lunge out of the water, grab the animal by its leg and drag it into the water to drown it. After killing it prey, the Platodile bites onto the dead animal and twists to tear it to pieces, much like how crocodiles eat.
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For my #Age-of-Avians project.

Several species of penguins have taken on a fully aquatic lifestyle and fill the niches of Cetaceans. Aptenodytes (Great Penguins) fill the niches of whales and are called Pengwhales, while other genus of penguins fill the niches of dolphins and porpoises and even gained an intelligence to match. Future penguins use their fused legs as a tail for propulsion in a cetacean-like fashion. A pengwhales diet consists of small fish and zooplankton (primarily krill).

Unlike Baleen Whales, pengwhales can swallow salt water along with their food because like their ancestors, pengwhales and other cetacean-like penguins have glands around their eyes that extracts the salt from their blood in which the salt is then sprayed out through the nostrils. The cetacean-like penguins have also become viviparous, thus granting them with a reproduction method unlike that of any other bird.
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For my #Age-of-Avians project.

The Corvus Sapien (or "Corvins" as they call their species) is the descendent of the raven. As the name clearly states, Corvus Sapien has the intelligence of Homo Sapien. Corvus Sapien manipulates objects through the via its feet (With the hallux acting as the opposable thumb) and beak like typical birds.

Corvin flocks have evolved into small communities i.e. tribes with a well structured hierarchy. Corvins has invented things such as spears made by long sticks with rocks made sharp tied to the stick, musical instruments made from animal bones and even their own complex language to communicate to each other.
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For the #Age-of-Avians Project.

The Oposstalker is the descendent of the opossum and is one of the few mammalian top predators in the Age of Avians. Oposstalkers inhabit lower North America and an island that is a small broken-off piece of Florida. An oposstalker can grow to be 4 feet in length from head to tail. Oposstalkers have evolved a pair of thumbs on their front paws and two dagger-like fangs designed for stabbing into the throats of it prey, which happens to be; anything it can catch.

Oposstalkers in most of North America have faced competition with many North American predators and therefore had to devolve into cowardly scavengers that are somewhat smaller in stature and lack fangs, however, those who inhabited the tip of Florida avoided competition when the tip of Florida broke off and therefore retain there size, fangs, and status as an apex predator.

P.S. This was suppose to look more opossum-like but I think I failed at that. ^^;
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