Cockatrices are large, predatory birds created by the Faerie, simply "because they could." They have a lizard-like body with a rooster's head, and at first glance appear to be a baby dragon.
Cockatrices make terrible crowing noises, breathe fire, and have claws capable of tearing up armor as if they were paper. Their beaks are capable of biting a man in half. Conventional swords and arrows do little damage to their body. They are capable of smelling out humans and other prey.