The cockatrice was a small avian magical beast. It was notorious for its petrification ability.[6]

It was closely related to the pyrolisk.[7]


Although about the size of a large turkey or goose and weighing 25 pounds (11.3 kilograms), a cockatrice more closely resembled a chicken, but it was a hideous hybrid with the wings of a bat and a lizard-like tail. A male cockatrice had a rooster's wattles and comb, which the females lacked. It had glowing red eyes.[6]


Any creature that a cockatrice bit could be permanently turned into stone. Cockatrices were immune to their own petrifying bite and that of other cockatrices, though not of other petrifying creatures and spells.[6]

Cockatrices ferociously attacked any creature that appeared to threaten them or their lairs. Typically, flocks of them would attempt to overwhelm or confuse their opponents, and flew at their faces.[6]


Female cockatrices were very rare, much more so than the males.[6]




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