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Thu Nov 5, 2015, 1:55 AM by Unikeko:iconunikeko:


Kukuri size sheet by Kuku-ri

Kukuris resemble raptors in many ways, expect that they have developed fur, ears, size and bigger brains. They are an old species and have evolved many subspecies which are all breedable, however many traits of them seem to be more common than the others.



Physical description (Common Kukuri)

Average height: back at 5,5ft-7ft (167cm-213cm) , with smallest going to 4,5ft (137cm), and largest to 8ft (243cm).
Average lenght from nose to tailtip: 13-20ft (395cm-610cm)
Average weight: 300lb-450lb (135kg-203kg) with lightest going to 280lb (126kg), and heaviest to 900lb (407kg)
Maturing age: 2-4 years
Average dying age: 30-40 years

Physical description (Prairie Kukuri)

Average height: back at 7ft-9ft (213cm-274cm), with smallest going to 6,5ft (198cm), and largest to 9,5ft (289cm).
Average lenght from nose to tailtip: 15-23ft (456cm-700cm)
Average weight: 500lb-1000lb (227kg-453kg) with lightest going to 400lb (180kg), and heaviest to 1200lb (543kg)


The fur which covers the kukuri's entire body is capable of having varied markings and colours - while they used to be more regional or pack-specific, humans domesticating them has made all these traits mingle and even create some new ones. The fur thickness is often region specific - those which live in the mountain areas are known to having larger size and thicker coat, for example.

Huge eyes help them to keep watch and see far ahead, and they are slightly reactive to sunlight. They are very good at seeing motion, but can be rather nearsighted. Their sense of smell isn't that good, and mostly good for determining rotten food from healthy and checking their potential mates out. They have a hearing very close to that of a dog's.

A Kukuri's mouth is as specific as their visualization in general, since the color of the mouth is just as unique as their apprearance in general. While it usually tends to be darker side, it can technically be a color of any spectrum, and the connection with some genes causing brighter colored mouths is not uncommon. They have powerful jaws and a sharp beak for tearing and eating the hardiest of meals.

Every Kukuri has a horn in their head, and it's usually their pride and joy. They use it to fight for mates, courting them and when defending themselves. While they're capable of doing immense damage with their horns, their main job is to wound and scare the other one away.
The shape or size of the horn isn't usually a declaring element when the females are judging the males, the more important part is the battle won. This has allowed many kind of horns evolve and keep their shape to this day.
There is a mutation which might cause a Kukuri to be born without a horn. This usually creates a weak hatchling as it will almost without a fail lose against it's sibling with fights about food, and might even be injured fatally when not being able to protect itself from their attacks. Being hornless usually makes the siblings also turn against it, which increases the risk of fatal injuries. If they were to survive to adulthood, they're often driven away from their pack, become depressed, isolated and have harder time getting a mate.

Their second deadliest weapons are their feet and tail. The strong muscles allow them not only run for many miles before tiring, but also help to pack a bunch if they were to encounter an enemy they would rather not meet face to face.



Terminology

Keep in mind that no-one should be forced to use these, but for those interested or wanting to dwell more into the subject here they are! And if you hear these terms used, you know where they come from.

A group of Kukus: A loaf
A young Kuku: A puppy
Group of Kuku pups/Litter: A bun
Female: Dove
Male: Rook


Behaviour and ecology


In the wild Kukuris are pack animals with large territories, however the edges of them might overlap. They usually avoid the other packs and unnecessary conflict, but at the mating seasons the fires might start. The pack of Kukuris usually holds 2-5 inviduals where usually no strict alfa, but in situations with more pack members up to 10 the oldest female takes the lead. Kukuris are known to adapt well and fast to new climates, so there's potential to meet them in most climates in the world. However, a Kukuri which is used to cold will always be unhappy in warmth, and vice versa - only next generations start the adapting progress.

Kukuris are known to be able to sprint for a short while at the speed of 70km, and they can keep a steady speed of 50km - this makes them as fast as ostriches. If well trained, they can maintain this speed for hours when traveling without much of an extra weight. However, their immense strength can be utilized so that one trains them to perhaps be slower, but being able to pull carriages behind them.

When it comes to common personality, most of the Kukuris seem to have a very curious nature. When one sees something interesting, it is not uncommon that the whole pack will soon be wondering what's going on. They rarely fear anything new, and their intelligence - while it does vary great deals at times - is usually at the level of an intelligent parrot. However, their curiosity often makes them seem like idiot kittens, but this of course is not true to all of them.

When domesticated, A Kukuri might become overjealous of their handler if not trained against it, especially against the opposite sex of the handler. While this can be bothersome, it also makes Kukuris great bodyguards if needed, and this jealousness can also used to teach them to protect farm animals.

Feed

An interesting fact about Kukuris is that while they're generally considered omnivores, it greatly differs what they actually eat. Some are strictly herbivorous, and some carnivorous, and some omnivores. Especially the regular breed tends to mostly lean towards vegetarian diet.
Herbivorous Kukuris often habit the grasslands, mostly living by fruits and berries, and when the food is low on moss and leaves. They might result to meat if the food is especially sparce, like on winter. Likewise the carnivorous hunt either bigger animals in packs, or use their great sprint speed to catch smaller animals alone, and on difficult times might resolve in eating plants too. The fact that is the Kukuri carnivorous or herbivorous is inherited - if the parents are both different, there's a bigger chance that the omnivorous is born.

Mating

Kukuris mature at the age from 2 to 4 years old; the females usually later than the males. In the wild the mating is strictly pack-centric or if some male won over the male/s in the pack, but domesticated Kukuris are not that picky about their mates.

A male still has to court the female, and she can deem the male unworthy is she seems it fit. The males usually do little dances, show off their horn, cuddle with the female and some can bring killed prey animals to her. If she isn't pleased, she may attack the male, which might get dangerous if the male doesn't realize to back away.

The parents take both part in building nest after the mating. Kukuris tend to be very open to ideas when building, using anything in their environment to their advantage. Nests out of rocks, grass, sticks and feathers is the most common, but it's not rare to find bones and old forgotten children toys in there too, for example.

Pup stage

A Kukuri usually lays a clutch of 1-3 eggs, in rare cases 4. In especially rare cases there has been 5, but it puts the female in critical condition and rarely results in healthy hatchlings. There is also a huge chance of death in these cases, and it usually occurs if the Kukuris have inbred.

The eggs are oval shape and black in color. The average size for these eggs is 15cmx20cm, with the weight of 1,5kg to 2kg.

The brooding period takes 50 days on average. Their brooding behaviour have been linked to their diet, carnivores both tend to equally brood the eggs and switch places letting other one hunt, while omnivores and herbivores usually leave the job to the sire and the mother only broods sometimes. In a pack of Kukuris it's not rare for others to help widowed Kuku, but if they're left completely alone without the help of other Kukus or their handlers the eggs are likely to die.

When born a Kukuri is roughly the size of a housecat, but starts rapidly growing ever since. They are born with small nubby horns, and very little fur to protect them. Their markings are usually visible or lightly faded. At 2 months of age they usually start wandering out of the nest, but they are dependant on their parents up until roughly 2,5 years old - some tend to mature faster, while some are slow bloomers. At the age of 1 the parents, if omnivores or carnivores, start training their pups to hunt. It's usually easy to predict in captivity, since the parents start to bring their meals over to their pups more and more, and instead of eating it just swing it around for the pups to catch. As a handler this is important stage to keep a watch for, since especially carnivorous Kukus should also learn the difference of what to hunt and what not to as soon as possible.



Kuku nest by Kuku-ri



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Solar-Frost Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2018  Hobbyist
Wait a second....... since WHEN were mini prairies a thing! What? Huh! How have I not noticed this! ( sets off to see how to acquire one )
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tarynsgate Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
They were always a thing XD all the other upcoming kukuri subspecies will have miniature versions as well!
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Solar-Frost Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2018  Hobbyist
Lol, I’m blind af. Thank you! Also.......... subspecies? OOOO I hope we can get a chance in the future to get some of those original kukuri species that Life and Death made.
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13Camilla13 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I never had a Kukuri, how can I get one? Do I have to go to the adoption center or I have to make my own? And if so, what is the base?
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Xenoraptors Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Newbie guide <--here this should give you all the information you're looking for
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tarynsgate Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Kukuris aren't a free to make species, so you will have to go to the adoption center to get one or purchase one from another member.
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MooshuFezrit Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
What is the smallest size a kuku can be without being a mini? :)
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tarynsgate Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
4.5ft-5.5ft at the shoulder if I'm not wrong =P

Also, if you have more questions please plonk them over at the Questions and answers thread!
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MooshuFezrit Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
That's ideal thank you 
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PYC-Art Featured By Owner Edited Jan 18, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Just pointing out a few typos here!
"but also help to pack a bunch," I believe you meant to type punch? xD
"inviduals where usually no strict alfa" Individuals and alpha.
If these are intentional just ignore me.
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tarynsgate Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for pointing them out XD 
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PYC-Art Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2017  Student Digital Artist
No worries!
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firefly1332 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017
I'm a little curious....
It probably says here and I just didn't get it, but at what age do they reach their adult size?
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tarynsgate Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Maturing age: 2-4 years 

This is roughly when they're fully grown :)
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firefly1332 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2017
Alright!
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HamsterFluf Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017  Hobbyist
So this is probably a silly question and I can't seem to find the answers anywhere, but what sounds do Kuku make when they vocalize? 
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Xenoraptors Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think they make a combination of avian and mammal noises. for examples I think of turkeys, doves/pigeon, foxes, raccoon, loon and if angered I think of a barn owl or angry fox. This is entirely my view of them but it's up to you.
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tarynsgate Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
They blep xD

Kukus can make a wide variety of sounds! What kind of sounds they make are totally up to you, but personally I like to think they Mwee a lot XD
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Shavahiivallah Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I read an admin comment somewhere (I was probably being nosy in design approvals) that the minimum size for a kuku without the miniature mutation is 4'5". What is the maximum size? Oh! And will there be a GIANT mutation to be the opposite of miniature!? Kukuzilla! :D
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Unikeko Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2016
The information reads on the top of the page, and we give one feet lee-away up and down on top that~ There won't be huge kukus but some subspecies are bigger than others 83
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Shavahiivallah Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for answering my question. :heart: Even without a giant mutation an 8' tall (at the withers!) kuku is still frikkin huge. About the size of an Allosaurus! O.O
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Askila-Deamon Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
i got a question about the speices
like
how is there bodylanguare? how do they comunicate?
do they act simular to some other real animals? if yes which?
how they show if they are happy or sad and stuff <u<
would want to use some of it for pics and animations thats why im asking
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kuroya-ken Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2016
While there's no fixed set of behaviors and actions and you're free to interpret them as you wish, common consensus among members seem to be amongst a few of these:
- JP Raptors
- skittish emus
- generally behaving like this when you put on a saddle/tack
- .... or like this

Since kukuris range from herbivores to carnivores and everything in between, you can have anything from a ferocious predatory killer, to a docile, gentle giant.
OR there's also uh... this.

As for emotions, their ears and tails are rather expressive of their emotions, with high-raised, forward-turned ears to express interest/curiosity/aggressive, and lowered ears and tail to express submission/distaste, etc.
Their necks is also another very expressive part of their body as they have rather long llama/bird-like necks, and curved or extended necks can depict very clear and different emotions.

Overall, their body language is more or less like a mix of large, land-birds (ostriches, emus, etc), and depending on the personality and diet, could lean more towards predatory-dinosaurs, or gentle work-horses. But then again, you're more than welcome to interpret them in any way you find inspiring x3 there's no set rules!


P.S. It might be worth pointing out that the kukuri's hands are actually very nimble, and have a 'thumb'; so lemur/monkey paws can also be used as reference in movement as well as anatomy
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Askila-Deamon Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
THANK YOU FOR ALL THE INFOS AND EXSAMPELS!!! its really helpfull :DD

good to know all that, i will keep it in mind for my future actions (: :hugs: thanks for investing time to explain it to me!
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kuroya-ken Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2016
Haha, you're most welcome! x3
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moonlightwalk Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
So I was wondering about this: "The fact that is the Kukuri carnivorous or vegetarian is inherited - if the parents are both different, there's a bigger chance that the omnivorous is born."

But how does that work? The pup I just adopted had a omnivore and carnivore parents yet it itself is a herbivore.
Does omnivore increase the chance at both or...?
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Kuku-ri Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2016
Yes it does indeed! Whenever something is bred with an omnivore, the pups that result could potentially have any of the diets :)
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PixieCatAdopts Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
This might be a silly question but... are the fingers on the hands clawless or are those actually just long finger-like claws?
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Unikeko Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2016
No question is too silly to ask! They are fingers <3
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PixieCatAdopts Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!!
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DerpySikla Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2016  Hobbyist Writer
So I saw the news today that a group of kukus is now called a loaf, but was wondering other names that I can associate with kukus.  What are males and females called?  What is the correct term for a baby kuku?
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Unikeko Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2016
Females and males don't (yet, at least) have any specific terms, but a baby Kuku is referred as a puppy or pup :3c
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Lajean-Ra Featured By Owner May 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Since the heights/weights given are average, is it okay to make a kuku larger/heavier?
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Unikeko Featured By Owner May 17, 2016
Yes!
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Larkitrope Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Student General Artist
how long does it usually take for you to get your egg hatched from an event?
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kuroya-ken Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016
So sorry for the wait! Our founder's been working night and day to get the store, scavenging items, hunting loot, crafting system, next month's familiar & quest and the job system all up as soon as possible (hopefully by next month), and since she's the only one with powers to roll the hatcheable babies at the moment, she's been losing sleep over it (we're actually worried she'd overwork herself and get sick) ;u; Most things are aimed at a week at max as she has already told you, so don't worry, it'll be rolled soon^^ For now though, there's still until month ends to get more eggs and possibly an Enmi x3
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Larkitrope Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016  Student General Artist
Ah yes I understand completely! I definitely wouldn't want her to overwork herself!!!
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Unikeko Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016
Everything in Kukus is aimed so that a week is the longest time one has to wait for something, there are few things that might take longer but generally one should expect that in worst case screnario a week.
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Larkitrope Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2016  Student General Artist
*nods* I see, I'm just excited about my first kuku^^" haha
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IronOdArtist Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016  Student General Artist
Wait.Are kuku dragons?
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Unikeko Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016
As Kuro said, they can be pretty much anything! Though if the journal mentions it, then it's cause of the very early drafts of the species where I thought people might have easier time understanding them if I gave them an "all around" species name, like dragons in this example. Nowdays kukus are just kukus!
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IronOdArtist Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016  Student General Artist
Kukus...
Yay!
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kuroya-ken Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016
They're more like fluffy dinosaurs/raptors actually x'D
Though a lot of people associate them with various different things as well: 'kangaroos', 'dragons', 'puppies', even 'muppet-dinosaurs' lol
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IronOdArtist Featured By Owner Edited Mar 20, 2016  Student General Artist
Yep,but above it's written "dragon" XD
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kuroya-ken Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016
I think that's from an older version of the journal, because if I'm not mistaken they're more of 'fluffy raptors' now, but they can be whatever you prefer to call them I guess? x'D (like I call them kangaroo-raptors)
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TFWolves Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Would it be okay to give one a more aggressive personality?
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Unikeko Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2016
Yes! There's even few agressive ones already, Sabroso 083 and Showa 033 come to my mind first, so it's absolutely fine to make them less friendly ones.
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TFWolves Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay :)
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EmmaEatsRainbows Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
How long do they tend to live? I might just be missing it ^^;
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Unikeko Featured By Owner Edited Feb 25, 2016
Around 30-40 years old!
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