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.
Female cockatrices were very rare, much more so than the males.
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.
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.
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- Ed Greenwood (March 1985). “The Ecology of the Cockatrice”. In Kim Mohan ed. Dragon #95 (TSR, Inc.), pp. 22–26.
- Kyla Ward (March 2005). “The Petit Tarrasque and Other Monsters”. In Erik Mona ed. Dragon #329 (Paizo Publishing, LLC), pp. 48–54.
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- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Doug Stewart (June 1993). Monstrous Manual. (TSR, Inc), p. 45. ISBN 1-5607-6619-0.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Wizards RPG Team (2014). Monster Manual 5th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 42. ISBN 978-0786965614.
- ↑ Rob Heinsoo, Stephen Schubert (May 19, 2009). Monster Manual 2 4th edition. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 36. ISBN 0786995101.
- ↑ Gary Gygax (December 1977). Monster Manual, 1st edition. (TSR, Inc), p. 15. ISBN 0-9356-9600-8.
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Skip Williams, Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook (July 2003). Monster Manual 3.5. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 37. ISBN 0-7869-2893-X.
- ↑ David "Zeb" Cook et al. (1989). Monstrous Compendium Volume One. (TSR, Inc). ISBN 0-8803-8738-6.
- ↑ Rodney Thompson, Claudio Pozas, Steve Townshend (2011). Heroes of the Feywild. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 133. ISBN 978-0786958368.