Rusty-Faced Rakaw

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Overtime, some populations of Rakaw began to feed on the local flora as well as small fauna, developing some adaptations to help with this particular lifestyle. As well as becoming more social and developing adaptations for a more group-oriented existence, these populations of Rakaw that were more generalistic would give rise to the Rusty-Faced Rakaw. Feeding on flora as well as fauna meant the Rusty-Faced Rakaw did need to evolve larger guts to better process the less nutritious food which then meant becoming larger than their ancestor. Getting bigger also provided the Rusty-Faced Rakaw some protection against certain ancestral threats like the Monkea or smaller Nostalgithyons. Their powerful beak, which had become shorter and deeper to better crush tough flora and rip off bits for them to then consume, also proved effective weapons against potential predators though their laser can do this just as well. Being larger meant the Rusty-Faced Rakaw did need to evolve a shorter wingspan so their wings do not get snagged on branches when they do fly, which meant they sacrificed their ability to soar but this was not much of a problem due to their particular lifestyle. Rusty-Faced Rakaws are superb climbers, with their highly flexible hind limbs, prehensile tail, and large grasping fingers on the wings being well suited for navigating along tree trunks or branches as they forage. Much like their ancestor, the actual anus is located at the base of the tail.

As the Rusty-Faced Rakaw often gathered together anyway to feed on the same sources of food like Nomflora fruit, the species has become highly social with individuals traveling together in small groups. These groups are often led by an older Rusty-Faced Rakaw, which will lead them towards areas with abundant food and confront potential predators head on if they attack the group. Since the Rusty-Faced Rakaw are deaf, much like almost all Radons and most other radfauna groups, the species relies upon visual communication to maintain relationships. This pressure has lead to development of vibrant colors on their head, armpits, and back; these colors being bright orange and light blue with the former covering most of their head and thus almost making it look like it is rusty(hence the name).

Much like their ancestor, the Rusty-Faced Rakaw only produces one underdeveloped chick at a time, so it does not hinder them as they move around. Because of this, the youngster relies upon its parent for protection and so the parent will use its tail to wrap around the chick and carry it while they move around in the canopy. Due to their social nature, the Rusty-Faced Rakaw will sometimes give their chick to one of its older siblings, with the older youngster protecting the chick while the parent gathers food unencumbered to then feed them both. This helps the babysitter learn essential life skills on how to raise their own chick when they eventually become sexually mature themselves. The new chick will be under constant supervision, whether by an adult or through one of their older siblings, for several months until they become developed enough that they can forage for themselves. Even when they can forage for themselves, however, these youngsters will still stick with their familial group for another year or two as they learn essential life skills before they eventually become sexually mature and leave to join another group.