Species Profile: Stroo

Physical Characteristics

Stroos are tall birds with plump bellies covered in feathers, usually brown. Their wings end in thin feathers used for grasping. The feathers atop their heads are fuzzier, and they have long beaks and even longer necks. Their legs are even longer than that, making up most of their height, which is an average of 2 meters. Though their thick clawed feet are usually strong, their thinner legs are more fragile.

Stroos have an average lifespan of up to 80 years, but in modern times a more sedentary and unhealthy lifestyle has dropped that for many stroos to 60, though some remain healthy enough to live past 80. Depending on a stroo’s health, feathers may begin to drop off after 50 or remain full for all a stroo’s life.

History and Culture

The stroo land of origin is more of a mystery than most inhabitants of Hackney and Interp, although the best evidence points to a tiny island that may have once existed off the coast of Interp. Stroosare known for a rather sedentary lifestyle—they aren’t necessarily lazy, but they are relaxed. At the same time, though, some of Mintop’s greatest sprinters and distance runners are ostriches; unfortunately, ostrich legs are rather fragile and susceptible to injury.

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