Doduo: Aeroanima Struthio dicervicae
Dodrio: Aeroanima Struthio tricervicae
Found throughout open plains and grassland within the Johto/Kanto continent. They roam in wide territories that often cover multiple biomes, including grassland, arid grassland, sparse forest and even dense thickets. They travel their territories in search for food, water and ideal breeding grounds.
The Common Doduo is a bird of height 4'07" and weight 86.4lbs. Both Doduo and Dodrio possess long powerful legs which allow them to reach a running speed of 40mph. While at these immense speeds they still retain incredible agility, by shifting their weight low and using their large clawed feet they are able to out manoeuvre most predators, Dodrio are then able to use their large tail feathers to change direction by tilting it in the direction they intend to go. Perhaps the most striking feature of these large birds are its pair and then triad of intellectually separate heads, each complete with its own digestive tract leading to a shared intestinal tract through a junction in the duodenum. These birds also possess separate brains, each with completely separate neural function. The heads think separately yet possess an ability of shared bodily function from an early age. The heads each have a long sharp bill designed for striking within grass and sand to retrieve small bug and mammalian Pokémon. As flying Pokémon, they do have wings, they are rather small yet still allow the bird to fly, it is theorised that the birds evolved to lose this function as remaining in synchronisation with the multiple heads during very particular wing patterns was difficult. The only visible gender differences observed include; Males have dark, even black hairless necks, while the females remains beige with fine down, males are also up to 10% larger than females, though this become more apparent later in life.
Upon evolution the Doduo develop a two-feather crest upon their head and long pink to pale brown tail feathers and a black underbelly.
When a dominant Doduo reaches a medium level of experience (Officially recognised by the Pokémon League as the Pokedex equivalent of level 31) it breaks away from the flock for a session of solitude. During which time it will fend for itself seemingly with the intention of mental discipline, this is theorised due to the odd behaviours displayed during this process. They display such behaviours as fasting for a day, then ingesting enormous quantities of food, before apparently becoming disgusted by it and refusing to eat again. Other behaviours shown include odd movement such as twitching, increased disagreement between their two heads, odd walking patterns, strange babbling sounds and intense focus upon strange tasks such as digging or self cleaning. This is hypothesised to occur do to the incoming change. Upon evolution a Doduo will grow a full neck, head and a third mind, consciousness and a complete brain. Some scientists believe the strange behaviours occur as the two minds split and give up a portion of their selves to develop the mind of the third, a kind of erasing and remapping along the nervous system. Others believe the insanity is due to the Doduo sensing a third centre of control growing and this immature mind is attempting to control some bodily function, causing odd patterns, which may display the babbling sounds from the inexperience in communication.
When this change is complete and the third head forms itself between the other two, after around a week of highly protective behaviour from the original two, the third mouth and thus third digestive system causes the Pokémon to undertake extreme growth. Growing from its original 4'07" and 86.4lbs to 5'11" and 187.4lbs. That's a foot and a half growth in height and a 100 lbs boost in weight, due to incredible growth within the muscular system as well as the creation of a new spine, digestive system and skull.
The fully formed Dodrio then returns to its flock, running day and night on its new high powered leg muscles, until it finds them. When it returns, if female, it will rejoin the ranks of Dodrio in preparation for breeding. However if they are male, they will return to a fierce pecking order system used to determine the ranking between male birds and thus, breeding rights.
Due to the rarity of a Pokémon breed multiple, almost completely separate entities within the one body its behaviour can often be seen as odd or completely insane. Due to their split bodily control if the heads are to ever enter a disagreement their resulting dispute can be seen as rather disturbing or even comical. In this situation the heads rear away from each other and start pecking at each other's necks, due to the birds attempting to back off from each other the single leg they each have control of also tries to kick and scratch at the other, which as on would imagine when someone (Pokémon or human) attempts to kick with both legs at once causes this large bird to crash to the ground, usually snapping them out of the conflict.
Communication within a flock of these Pokémon is a very complex and particular concept. As each head has its own mind, it therefore has its own placement in the hierarchy of the flock of around 30 individuals. These means that one head of is actually ranked higher than the other and often does the "talking" for the Pokémon. No matter the original ranking if a Doduo manages to evolve into its much larger counterpart it is catapulted in ranks and instantly ranks above all Doduo.
Breeding pairs of birds will retreat from the flock to a solitary nesting site, it is here that they dig out a small indent in the dirt and line it with downy feathers. The parents will then take turns incubating the clutch of up to four eggs. When the eggs have been incubated for up to 30 days they will hatch into a small, striped Doduo, these juveniles take much longer than other bird Pokémon to become coordinated enough to walk around, let alone follow the parents around. So it is within a further two weeks before the parents will walk the juveniles back to the flock and introduce them to the flock of miniature Doduo running between the legs of the adult Doduo and Dodrio.
Doduo and Dodrio possess long, sharp piercing beaks. These are intended to be used for striking, stabbing attacks with snake like strikes of their long necks. They use their multiple heads to surround small bushes or branches to avoid their prey escaping as they search it for food. Due to their ability for one head to breathe while the other is underwater indefinitely the are very good shallow water anglers. A common strategy is for the Doduo or Dodrio to sit in the water, allowing the other heads to go deep under while the other remains above. They use their bills to stab and shuffle through mud, silt and sand below the surface in search of crustacean Pokémon and small fish such as Stunfish.
Their terrestrial diet involves small bug type Pokémon, small mammalian Pokémon, and Pokémon eggs which are pierced and the contents gobbled down.
Both stages of the Doduo line have a top running speed of 40 mph, much higher than their flying speed which is comparatively pathetic. They also possess the natural abilities, classified by the Pokémon league as Run Away and Early Bird, Run Away allows this Pokémon to escape from battle despite trapping move or abilities such as Bind and Arena Trap. Early bird allows the Pokémon to awaken from the Sleep status affect earlier than other Pokémon. Some explain this exclusively within the Doduo line as it has a higher chance of waking up because each head has a chance to awaken individually thus waking up the other.
Others simply source this ability from the fact that it's a bird, and this ability is common within birdlike Pokémon species.
The amazing speed this Pokémon can reach is due to a factor that only the multi headed Doduo family can utilise. As a human runner pumps their arms up and down to maintain momentum by counteracting leg movement, so does the Doduo raise and lower its heads rhythmically to match its long stride. No other bird can run this fast, because no bird has appropriately weighted appendage that can be swung this way.
The multiple heads of the Doduo line possess a kind of inane communication between them, some thought that this was some kind of telepathic power. Recent studies however have shown that there are multi-way nerves running down one neck and up the other. These nerves are not like ordinary spinal nerves, they are technically a section of the brain that remains intact during the separation the brains undergo during embryonic development. This nerve, now known as they pluricervic nerve allows a passing of conscious thought with strength based upon emphasis. Meaning that whichever head is "thinking" in the others direction "loudest" will be heard. This is due to the nerve being a "one way street" causing the heads to be unable to talk to each other at the same time. So, for one of the heads to get their message across, they must wait until the other is finished or "speak" louder, thus interrupting the other. This is what is then hypothesised to lead towards to dominance one head displays over the other throughout the life of the bird. Note that this dominance can and does change, evidence of even physical confrontation between the heads has been seen and allowed for a swap in dominant roles.
This leads biologists to wonder about the control each head possesses over bodily function, which head controls bodily movement? Well, at the base or fork of the pluricervic nerve lies the multifunctional processor, a gland that allows tertiary control over the body in the same way as the communication. The dominant head has control when it's using it, the second in command head remains ready to take over when the dominant head lets go. This means that playing the role of the dominant head provides many social and environmental benefits, the body goes where it wants to go, therefore eats what it wants to eat.
The Doduo line is unique in their possession of a combination of multiple and shared organs, for example each Doduo contains two hearts, which share a bloodstream, two large lungs (which are curiously creased in the middle, causing it to look like two fused together), a forking digestive system, with two oesophagus, two stomachs, two pancreas and a conjoining duodenum that leads to a "normal length intestinal tract. Once the Pokémon evolves they grow a third addition of a heart, merged lung and beginning of the digestive system. This double (and eventually triple) cardiovascular system allows for incredible increase in blood speed when they beat alternatively, and due to the two lung systems the animal can receive an explosion of blood oxygen whenever required. This allows for the incredible speed and amazing endurance these birds display, with some known to run for days on end, particularly in search of the flock they became separated from.
Captive behaviours and Training tips:
As the Doduo line possess multiple individual minds it is highly recommended to get to know your Pokémon before attempting to train it. This is because if, for example, you feed it as a reward and you present the food to the submissive of the heads, you will cause a dispute between them and ultimately a distrust towards you. If however you feed the dominant head first or with a clearly larger reward than you fed the other(s), you will maintain order between the heads and display yourself as a provider, therefore dominant over the Pokemon. Maintaining dominance over your Pokémon is important; Doduo and Dodrio are highly specialised hunters, with immense speed there is nothing stopping them from simply running away if they are bored of your training. When your Pokémon misbehaves or misinterprets an order, punishment is not required, and this is seen by the Pokémon League as Pokémon abuse. There are many Pokémon that require a trainer to be a dominant presence to maintain effective training. This can be done as I stated earlier, become the provider, if you are the one who provides food as a reward then they will be more likely to begin to follow you until the point that they deem that behaving correctly is the reward itself.
Doduo and Dodrio are the same albeit more complicated due to the rankings of their heads. Allow for this and you will possess a powerful ally and even manage to unlock some of its deeper and more powerful abilities.