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Greyhawk creature
An aarakocra, as depicted in Dragon #124 (1987). Art by Jeff Dee.
Alignment Neutral Good
Type Monstrous humanoid
First appearance Fiend Folio (1981)

The aarakocra are a race of bird-like humanoids dwelling in high mountains.


Typical physical characteristics

Aarakocra resemble humanoid birds. The average specimen stands about five feet tall and has a wingspan of twenty feet. Halfway along the edge of each wing is a hand with three human-sized fingers and an opposable thumb. An elongated fourth finger extends the length of the wing and locks in place during flight. The hands cannot grasp while flying, but are nearly as useful as human hands when an aarakocra is perched and its wings folded back. Their powerful legs end in four sharp talons that can unlock and fold back to reveal another pair of functional hands. These humanoids have hollow, fragile bones. Their faces combine the features of both parrots and eagles. They have gray-black beaks and black eyes. Plumage color varies, but males generally have red ,orange, and yellow coloration, while females tend towards brown and gray.


Aarakocra inhabit high mountains. In the Flanaess, they have been encountered in the Rakers, Corrusk, Griff, Lortmil, and Yatil Mountains. Aarakocra also dwell on the planet Edill.



The standard alignment of aarakocra is neutral good.


Aarakocra live among the highest mountain peaks in small tribes which control hunting territories and share a communal nest. The eldest male serves as leader, the second oldest as shaman.


Aarakocra worship the goddess Syranita, introduced in 1992's Monster Mythology. However, the elven goddess Aerdrie Faenya also has a number of aarakocra followers. In 1987, prior to the publication of Monster Mythology, the lesser god Krocaa was introduced as the god of aarakocra in Dragon #124.


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