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Terror Bird

Common terror birds, also known as axe beaks, are notable hunters. On their own, they use their great speed to catch prey unawares. In a flock, they can swarm larger beasts like aurochs and take them down with overwhelming numbers.

Recall Knowledge - Animal (Nature): DC 16

Terror BirdCreature 2

NLargeAnimal
Source Bestiary 3 pg. 264
Perception +6; low-light vision
Skills Acrobatics +9, Athletics +10
Str +4, Dex +3, Con +3, Int -4, Wis +0, Cha +0
AC 17; Fort +11, Ref +9, Will +4
HP 30
Speed 50 feet
Melee Single ActionSingle Action beak +10 [+5/+0] (reach 10 feet), Damage 1d8+4 piercing plus tearing clutchMelee Single ActionSingle Action talon +10 [+6/+2] (agile), Damage 1d6+4 piercing plus KnockdownSprint Frequency once per minute Two ActionsTwo Actions Effect The terror bird Strides three times in a straight line.Tearing Clutch The terror bird's powerful beak can tear through flesh. On a successful beak Strike, the target takes 1 persistent bleed damage. This bleed damage increases to 1d4 on a critical hit.

Sidebar - Related Creatures Diatryma

These smaller kin of terror birds sport dark feathers and stand around 6 to 7 feet tall—smaller than terror birds, but no less ferocious. Diatrymas are mostly found in drier regions, where their small, orange beaks have earned them the nickname “dagger beaks.” Diatrymas are 1st-level creatures akin to terror birds with the weak adjustment.

All Monsters in "Terror Bird"

NameLevel
Terror Bird2
Terror Shrike4

Terror Bird

Source Bestiary 3 pg. 264
Terror birds aren't one species but rather a family of deadly, flightless avian predators. All terror birds are capable of bursts of great speed and have powerful beaks that can tear apart the flesh of their prey. Most stalk large, open prairies and steppes, competing directly with other sizable predators such as large cats and wolves.