Morphs [Oak Catalog #]
- Spearow [#21]
- Fearow [#22]
Physical DescriptionBoth Spearow and Fearow are avian Pokémon with scruffy, saturated brown feathers. However, the two evolutionary stages are vastly different in terms of physiology. Spearow is small and stocky, with bright red wing feathers, black back feathers, and cream belly feathers. Their beaks are short and somewhat hooked, and their wings are small enough that Spearow must flap constantly to stay airborne, and can’t fly particularly high. Fearow are much larger, and almost all brown, save for a patch of shaggy cream feathers on their backs and white tips to their flight feathers. In contrast to Spearow, their beaks are long and pointed, and their proportionally large wings allow them to soar on thermals and wind without flapping for long periods of time. Their talons are larger and more powerful, and their necks are longer and more slender as well. Their head sports one of their most distinguishing features – a bright red, fleshy comb. On extremely rare occasions, Spearow are born with golden feathers everywhere except their back; these evolve into golden Fearow with orange combs. Even Trainers not normally interested in the species grow ecstatic from just the thought of catching such a specimen.
Notable BiologyAll Spearow and Fearow have excellent eyesight (the notion that they are colorblind is a blatant myth), but different individuals have different enhancements to this skill. Most Spearow and Fearow have special membranes over their eyes that block dirt, dust, and anything else that could possibly impair their eyesight. However, a few rare members of this species are of a strain that can actually use its modified retinas and irises to “zoom in” on something – usually to determine an enemy’s weak points and strike them with more power. In terms of attacks, they use a number of beak and wing-related battle moves. However, one attack has been of particular interest to Pokémon biologists – Mirror Move. This allows this species (and a few others) to replicate the last attack used against them flawlessly. Scientist studying the brains of these Pokémon have noticed the neurons of both the short-term memory and procedural memory sections of their brains fire at the same time when Mirror Move is used, but the exact nature of this skill is still being studied. Fearow are also known for spinning when they attack with their beaks - allowing them to use attacks like Drill Peck or Drill Run.
HabitatSpearow are notoriously versatile in terms of where they live. While they prefer thick brush and deep forest, they live pretty much anywhere – and aside from the above two locations, they also have an affinity for urban settings, where scavenged food and nesting places are easy to come by. They live at nearly any altitude - from sea level to high above. Fearow often live with Spearow, and have similar ranges – however, their soaring capabilities allow them to wander much farther, and banded specimens have been found on islands far from their original homes.
DietBoth stages are opportunistic omnivores, though they’re slanted a little differently. Spearow feeds on berries, nuts, seeds, and insects/Bug types (as well as scavenged food scraps in urban settings); it will also prey on the young (and eggs, if applicable) of other small Pokémon species. They’re known to flap their wings in grassy areas to stir up bugs. Fearow are also omnivorous, but they have much more of a taste for meat – due to their long beaks, they prefer things they can “spear” and then swallow whole. They are very much near-top predators (themselves mostly only fearing larger birds of prey – like Skarmory, Pidgeot, or Braviary in areas where their ranges overlap – and flying dragons plus Charizard), and they have three main strategies for catching prey, depending on the type: Fearow catch ground-dwelling Pokémon by soaring above them, locating the prey with their sharp eyesight, and then swooping down and grabbing them with their powerful talons. For burrowing insects and other underground creatures, Fearow use their beaks as probes – sticking them inside burrows or even the ground itself to catch food and pull it out. For fish, Fearow perch on branches just above the water and nab passing aquatic Pokemon – though they must be careful, as large water predators like Feraligatr, Swampert, or freshwater-dwelling Gyarados are all too willing to be added to their list of predators. Fearow are also willing to scavenge in urban areas.
HazardsIndividually, Spearow are too weak to be much of a threat to humans. However, they usually aren’t alone - they attack in swarms of potentially hundreds of individuals. When Spearow decide to band together against a common threat, said threat usually ends up seriously injured – or worse. Even though Spearow aggressiveness is partially due to territoriality, they’ll pursue intruders well outside it in anger. It is therefore highly recommended that Spearow should not be battled or caught unless it is certain that it’s newly fledged or a rogue that’s been kicked out of its flock – or if you have a powerful Pokémon on your side. If not… run. Fearow are actually slightly less aggressive, but they are usually found leading flocks of Spearow, so they should generally be avoided as well. They are also known to hold grudges, even ones started in the Spearow stage –people who inadvertently harmed a Spearow have reported being “randomly” attacked by a Fearow months or even years afterwards. Tame Spearow and even Fearow can be quite friendly, however, and make good Pokémon for beginners – though pecks can still hurt.
Courting and ChildrearingInterestingly, despite being first-stage evolutions, Spearow often breed, although they don’t do it as much as the leaders of the flocks, Fearow. Fearow form mated pairs which lead the Spearow flock – if Spearow attempt to mate, or if one evolves into Fearow, they expel them/it from the flock (though the mated Spearow pairs tend to evolve soon after. Scientists have found this quite intresting, and are currently studying this, and since they often evolve just a few moths apart, they're studying whether one's evolution is delayed or the other's is accelerated). When the female Fearow is ready to breed, her comb turns a brighter red, at which point the male mates with her. She then lays her eggs (usually four, though more or less are known) in a large nest in a high place like a tree, cliff or building. The eggs hatch into baby Spearow, which are fed regurgitated meals by both parents untill they grow old enough to fly and find their own food, at which point they leave to join another Spearow flock. This species mates for life, and generally breeds on an annual basis.
Social StructureSpearow live in flocks; these can vary in size from a few dozen individuals to flocks of hundreds that look like living clouds of Spearow in flight. Despite the species’ common status as a pest, these superflocks are regarded as quite beautiful by some. However, some predators – such as Staraptor and Salamence (as well as Braviary and Hydregion, in certain places where Spearow has been introduced) – view these flocks as flying buffets, and the Spearow must adopt defensive maneuvers to evade them. Fearow live in mated pairs (though sometimes it’s just one newly-evolved Fearow) that rule over Spearow flocks and help them find food and roosting spots. They seem to have enough intelligence to coordinate the Spearow, and have displayed surprising tactical cunning.
In Human CultureSpearow are regarded as pests by many humans – not only because of their tendency to eat crops, deposit fecal matter all over cities, and territorially attack humans, but because they have become invasive species in several regions. They are infamous for evicting less aggressive bird Pokémon like Swablu from their nests and roosting places, and population control programs – often involving getting local predators to develop a taste for them – have been enacted in Spearow-invaded areas, with varied success. Fearow have more of a reputation as a powerful, majestic birds of prey, but their association with their pre-evolutions has tainted this to the point where they still usually are regarded as villainous. However, the line has had some good relations with humans as well. Tamed or captive-raised Spearow make surprisingly good pets, as well as good beginner Pokémon for young or inexperienced Trainers, and Fearow has some popularity with falconers and other Flying-type Trainers. Fearow even has a style of kung fu named after it – leading to an anthropomorphic one having a minor role in an animated martial arts movie.
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