Carrion birds are large, carnivorous, scavenger birds. Other species include buzzards, rocs, condors, vultures, and swoops. They usually have featherless heads and broad, slow-flapping wingspans. Carrion birds are sometimes found lurking about the bones of dead beasts and ill-managed graveyards. They can be found in Mulgore, Westfall, Tanaris, the Arathi Highlands, Badlands, Blasted Lands, Thousand Needles, Desolace, Deadwind Pass, and Redridge Mountains. Carrion birds have also been seen in the Hellfire Peninsula and Terokkar Forest of Outland.
- Carrion birds are hostile beasts that will attack players that venture too close.
- Most carrion birds have a knock-down ability called Swoop that interrupts attacks by characters and requires time for them to get up after being knocked down.
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Though hunters can respec their pet carrion birds into Cunning or Tenacity, they are inherently Ferocity. In addition to the abilities that come standard with all pets (, , ) and those given to their natural or retrained specialization, all carrion birds are given the following:
These pets are useful to hold threat on multiple targets with their special skill, Demoralizing Screech. They are not seen very often as a hunter pet despite their desirable traits, possibly because their large wings can interfere with targeting.
The subspecies below can be tamed by hunters.
- Patch 3.1.0 (14-Apr-2009): Bonuses equalized. Damage had a +10% bonus and now has +5% bonus. Armor had no bonus and now has a +5% bonus.
- / Patch 3.0.2 (14-Oct-2008): Major changes. Screech replaced with Demoralizing Screech. Claw ability removed. Armor had a +5% bonus and now has no bonus. Health had no bonus and now has +5%. Damage had no bonus and now has a +10% bonus.