A Cockatrice is a mythical beast from european mythologies, essentially a two-legged dragon with a rooster's head.
Its reputed magical abilities include turning people to stone or killing them by either looking at them—"the death-darting eye of Cockatrice"—touching them, or sometimes breathing on them. Like the head of Medusa, the cockatrice's powers of petrification were thought still active after death.
It was repeated in the late-medieval bestiaries that the weasel is the only animal that is immune to the glance of a cockatrice. It was also thought that a cockatrice would die instantly upon hearing a rooster crow, and according to legend, having a cockatrice look itself in a mirror is one of the few sure-fire ways to kill it.
The cockatrice was also said to fly using the set of wings affixed to its back.
- Cockatrices are often mistaken with Basilisk, the king of serpents of Greek mythology, because while the Basilisk was a serpent egg hatched by a cockerel, Cockatrices are the inverse. ( A chicken egg hatched from a serpent/toad. )