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Cockatrices are small chickens found on Azeroth.
Cockatrices and blood elves
Between Blizzard's tendency to put their own spin on myths and traditional fantasy — and the high elven love of grace and beauty — it's no mystery why these scaly monsters were reinvented for their new incarnation.
In classical representations, cockatrices look like a mixture of a rooster and a dragon or snake, as seen in the picture to the right.