On average they have short legs, big heads, and big eyes. Though there are breeds with longer legs and smaller heads and eyes. These breeds have mostly been used for hunting.
Smallest and largest
The smallest momo recorded in history was a Kihono breed named Sika. She was 12.6 cm from floor to shoulder, 19.5 cm in length along the head-and-body and weighed 233 grams. The largest momo was a Roring breed named Aina, the only thing recorded was his/her height 98 cm.
Body tint, colouring and markings
The bright colorings and markings of the wild Nomos signals to their predators that they are poisonous. Even though they aren't. It's a protection that they have developed as they can't run away with their short legs and small wings. Even though they have wings they cannot fly, neither of the subspecies of the Safaneri Aomone can fly but it is believed that their forefathers could. The Momos have been bred to have even more colors and markings than their wild siblings.
The current most popular momo breeds
Genetics and Reproduction
Growth Rate & Stages
Ecology and Habitats
Dietary Needs and Habits
Uses, Products & Exploitation
Geographic Origin and Distribution
CommunicationWhile there are distinctive differences between individual momos (and breeds) their body language is fairly simple. When they are worried they raise their butt and keep their wings low, horizontal with the ground. An angry/upset momo will lay with their front legs on the ground and the butt in the air, raising up their wings towards the person they are angry with, so can see the backside of their wings. They are imitating a bird that is actually poisonous. The momo will never attack but a momo that is always angry/upset or worried will not lead a healthy life and might die early. Besides body language, they also communicate through a hissing sound. This hissing can be seen as threatening to non-owners who aren’t used to communication with a Momo. As other animals, like the Lup, hiss when they are angry. The momos hiss when they want to be cuddled or when they are extra pleased about something, its lesser known but they also hiss when they are in pain to calm themselves down. The large eyebrows have grown in popularity because it gives them another layer of communicating emotions. The eyebrows stand straight up when they are happy and they are horizontal to the ground when the momo is upset. The large eyebrows are very rare on wild nomos.
Communication with other nonsapient species
As they hiss when they are mostly in a good mood, communication with other nonsapient species can be a bit of a pain for them. Individual momos can learn to keep the hissing to a minimum if they grow up around other pets, or the other pets learn that they hiss and might take up that practice as well depending on their own species. (A Lup is more likely to do it than other species) In the wild, nomos keeps to themselves and try to stay away from their predators but when they can't and the predator does not believe in their poisonous bird pretense they get eaten.
Perception and Sensory Capabilities
It was believed that the momos only saw one color until scientists examined the retinas of momos and found that they see more colors than most sapient species. Some scientists do not agree with the examination though. They have a roundish pupil because they are active during the day.
Their hearing is very poor, they only have the ability to detect ground vibrations or airborne vibrations of low frequency.
Smell & taste
These two senses are the same for the momo. They flick their tongues collecting particles from the air and then they press the particles against an organ in the roof of their mouth to get the sense of "smell" and "taste".