This horse-sized bird has a featherless, red head with fleshy growths. Its legs are long, ending in four-toed feet.
Originally Posted by Shade of the En World forums.
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Dire turkeys are larger, more aggressive, and more carnivorous than their lesser cousins.
A dire turkey is 7 to 8 feet long and weighs upwards of 700 pounds. Females are generally smaller than males. Coloration varies from dark-brown to black on the body, and reddish-orange to greyish-blue legs. The feathers of males have areas of red, purple, green, copper, bronze, and gold iridescence, while those of females are duller, in shades of brown and gray. Males have red wattles on the throat and neck.
|Hit Dice||5d8+10 (32 hp)|
|Speed||10 ft. (2 squares), Fly 40 ft. (good)|
|Armor Class||13 (-1 size, +1 Dexterity, +3 natural), touch 11, flat-footed 13|
|Attack||Claw +5 melee (1d8+3)|
|Full Attack||2 claws +5 melee (1d8+3) and beak +3 melee (1d6+1)|
|Space/Reach||10 ft./5 ft.|
|Special Qualities||Low-Light Vision|
|Saves||Fort +6, Ref +5, Will +1|
|Abilities||Strength 17, Dexterity 12, Constitution 15, Intelligence 2, Wisdom 10, Charisma 11|
|Skills||Listen +6, Spot +6|
|Environment||Cold or temperate forests|
|Organization||Solitary or rafter (2-24)|
|Advancement||6-10 HD (Large)|
A dire turkey prefers to pounce on prey, attacking with its sharp beak and talons.
Pounce (Ex): If a dire turkey charges a foe, it can make a full attack.
Based on the turkey that appeared in Dragon Magazine #186 (1992).