The Cockatrice is a creature quite unrelated to the Basilisk, although the two beasts have been confused. The Cockatrice has the feathered body, wings, and head of a rooster with a serpent’s tail. Under the feathers of the Cockatrice reveals a scaly hide similar to the skin of a snake. The coloration of the Cockatrice is similar to that of a rooster except for the snakeskin tail.
Many, including mages have used Cockatrices as guardians to protect treasure or guard entrances. One only needs the Animal Training Skill to train Cockatrices.
For additional information on the Cockatrice please see the Mystic Station Designs, LLC SkillSkape book entitled
“The Book of Creatures Volume One”