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Swooping Sparrowhead

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Scientific name Spougitis keaperens
Family Huntinpeck
Areas Seagrass Plains
Caves Stream Slide, Tree of Life, Sand Kingdom
Carry weight 2
Max. carriers 4
Seed worth 2
Poko value Poko × 5
Attacks Kidnaps Pikmin, eats Pikmin

The Swooping Sparrowhead is a flying carnivore appearing in Pikmin Z. It has a rounded body with two sets of insect wings, similar to an average Sparrowhead, but as large as a Breadbug.

Biology

Swooping Sparrowheads look similar to their single-winged cousins. Their behavior resembles that of the real-world shrike: it hovers over its target, and then grabs its prey with its beak, flying out of reach to eat its capture. It is sometimes caught by Flytrap Chrysanthemums, its main predator.

Piklopedia entry

"This larger, more aggressive huntinpeck species has a rather disturbing method to secure prey: it swoops down and captures prey with its large beak, and then proceeds to gobble them up mid-flight. Sometimes it also brings them to a nearby thorn nest and keeps the food for later. It may be freaky to witness, but it is a rather interesting survival strategy in a challenging world."

Strategy

Swooping Sparrowheads are best dealt with by Yellow Pikmin and Clover Pikmin, as both Pikmin are the only types to reach a Swooping Sparrowhead during flight. It will pause for a moment before it flies to attack, so strike it down first so it falls to the ground, then swarm it before it flies out of reach.