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Waning Caput by V4m2c4 Waning Caput by V4m2c4
Ariel Waning caput.
Classified as "periodic parents" a mating couple will build a single egg filled nest (up to 15 eggs) surrounded by empty decoy nests. eggs are buried in the soil and then covered with a mixture of sticky saliva and mud, formed by the parents head, which will harden and create a hard shell cover for the nest. The parents will have little to no interaction with the nest until the chicks are ready to hatch, where both parents will chisel away at the shelled nest to release the chicks.
Not true flyers AWC rely two factors. a launching pad (tree, rocks) or if grounded an arial bladder to become buoyant and a running start.
Nests can also become victims to the earth bound parasitic cousin, the Land Waning caput. carrion eaters the eggs are not prey to adults but to the chick. It's specialized crest is used to gently pry the nest, she will then implant her egg to the nest. It will hatch weeks earlier than its victims and will survive upon them, waiting to be release but its surrogate parents. Both Land and arial caput chicks are completely independent once released from nest.
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m0zch0ps Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
another good one!
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V4m2c4 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2013
thank you, glad you think so!
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jLundhArt Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So the land-living ones are similar to cuckoos in the way that they stow away their own offspring in the nest of someone else?
Interesting=)
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space-commander Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very creative :)
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you are aware of sharovipteryx, right? (I hope I got the name right :lol:)
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V4m2c4 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
sure am, I LOVE the whole pterosaur family (if they can even be considered part of that family) I used their leg anatomy as a reference point but elaborated upon it.
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palaeorigamipete Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I instantly knew what gave you the idea! incredible work! =)

I have been thinking of making an origali sharovipteryx for quite some time now, but it's a tricky fella... =D
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OblivionJunkey94 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
awe-some!
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V4m2c4 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
thank-you!
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Charanty Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012
Their heads are spectacular.
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