Of the unenlagiines, buitres (Buitreraptor
) have a temperament most suitable for domestication. Ever since the first breeding pair was brought back by Professor Charles F. Challenger from Paraíso de Cachoeiras, they have been sought after by animal lovers and breeders. Since then buitres have gone through extensive modification through selective breeding, resuting in the plethora of modern breeds, the two extremes of which are described here:1. Commonwealth Hoity-Toity
One of the most prestigious breeds, this fancy buitre has been bred for its unusual looks. It's paedomorphic short-snouted skull, ruffled neck, rounded wings and upright posture almost completely disguise its ancestry, leading laymen to sometimes mistake it for a domesticated rahona. The Commonwealth Hoity-Toity is however most definitely a pure buitre with no signs of hybridization in its pedigree. The breed has several color morphs but all share a white torso with colored wings, tail fan and ankle ruffles. Like most modern fancy buitres, it has a drastically reduced claw on its second pedal digit that not only makes it easier to handle but also reduce the risk of serious injuries in scuffles between individuals. This breed has the shortest skull and tail, and longest metatarsals of all domestic buitre breeds.2. European Buitrex
The Buitrex breeds have their origin in fancy buitre breeding but have since become some of the most popular pet breeds. These stocky thickly plumaged animals were bred to resemble their distant Mesozoic cousin, Tyrannosaurus rex, a massive primitive flightless bird once mistaken for a giant reptile. Due to this Buitrexes have the shortest and thickest legs and deepest most massive skull of all buitres. Despite its fierce appearance, the European Buitrex is very good-natured and affectionate, bonding deeply with its owner. It is however advisable to regularly clip and file the claws of the Buitrex to avoid accidental injuries. Removal of the claw on the second pedal digit, or the second digit entirely as is often done in American Buitrexes, is not accepted for the European breed.
This is my entry to Hyrotrioskjan
s Spec Challenge #5
"Domesticated Unenlagiinae". I had planned on doing more breeds and including rahonas (Rahonavis
) as well, but due to unexpected difficulties I realized I could only hope to complete these two.