The giant corrak is the largest known bird of Khoras. A full grown male corrak typically has a 60 foot wing span and weighs up to 800 pounds. It is a lean, gangly bird shaped very much like a vulture and has black and white feathers, black eyes and a yellow beak.
In general, corraks are good flyers, but are no where near as strong as dragons (proportionally speaking). The corrak is capable of lifting opponents off the ground (usually no larger than a human or a large dog). One favorite tactic is to lift prey high up into the air and then simply drop them. More often, the corrak will simply ram large opponents. Smaller opponents are dealt with by landing and pecking. One strike with the corrak's huge beak can sever a dwarf's arm.
Corraks usually dwell on remote mountain tops and rocky mountain slopes. Their huge nests are often found tucked away in rocky nooks under cliffs by climbers and far ranging avarians. Corraks dwell high in the mountains where the winds are strong because they need such gusts to get airborne. A corrak will stand up tall, spread its wings and lean into the wind waiting for a particularly strong gust to push it up in the air. Once airborne, corraks glide easily taking advantage of thermals.
The corrak is an omnivore. Its diet consists of leafy vegetation, berries and small animals which it swoops down and picks up. Corraks do crave meat and will swoop down to pluck up an animal whenever the opportunity presents itself.
The corrak is a notably foul tempered beast. Attempts to domesticate the creature almost always fail. A few brave souls have tried to train corraks to be steeds, but few have succeeded. It requires a strong master and a firm hand to use a corrak as a steed (not to mention a specially rigged saddle).
Corraks are also an incredibly long lived bird, estimated to have a lifespan of more than two centuries.
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