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Sturmbeest

Sturmbeest
Bovindicum monocerii
Sturmbeest
 Jungle Grassland Wetland 
Sapience level Non-sapient
Average height 4.5 meters
Average length 6 meters
Diet Herbivore
Social unit Herd
Population status Common
Danger rating Medium threat

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Sturmbeest, known as talioang to the Na'vi, are large horned mammals native to the moon of Pandora.

Sturmbeest are land animals that feed on grass, shrubs, and various fungi. Hornlike jaw extension acts as plow for digging up roots, grubs and other subsurface food.

Anatomy and appearanceEdit

The sturmbeest has a massive buffalo-like head, six legs and indigo and orange coloring. Its skull features a single large bony hornlike extrusion above the eyes. Extrusions are reddish or orange, with striped slashes of blue. The creature has bioluminescent patterns on the ridge and both sides of the body. It also has chitinous armor, which is perfect for the construction of gongs when dried.

The male (or 'bull') is about 15 percent larger than the female, has a larger ridge bone on its back, and also has a dramatic top horn that is used for defense against and contest with other bulls. Their brain-mass-to-body ratio is low and the creatures are slow to react and slow to stop reacting.

BehaviorEdit

Sturmbeest are herd animals. They are extremely social and highly protective of their young. They are also territorial and will mass for attack against any would be predator. When the predator is too large or in too great a number, they will stampede, often breaking off into smaller packs for evasion.

Sturmbeest feed on grass, shrubs, and various fungi. Hornlike jaw extension acts as plow for digging up roots, grubs and other subsurface food. They are highly territorial and will occasionally kill an RDA soldier if one gets too close to the vegetation. The young, elderly, and sickly are prey to the largest or fiercest predators, such as viperwolf packs, the thanator, and occasionally a large great leonopteryx.

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