Binomen N/A
Body type Avian
Average height 12'
Sapience Non-sapient
Aggressivity Very high
Place of origin Prime Material Realm
Habitat Marshes
Diet Carnivore
Locomotion Bipedal walking
Related species Roc, Heron
Status Endangered (listed as "rare" in-game)
Behind the Scenes
Universe Dungeons & Dragons
Created by Gary Gygax

Boobries are huge, heron-like carnivorous birds inhabiting marshlands across the Prime Material Plane.

Monster Manual descriptions

2nd Edition

The gigantic boobrie resembles a smaller, marsh-dwelling relative of the roc. Its favorite foods, other than the huge marsh catfish, are humans and sheep. Its long legs permit fast running and easy movement through swampy ground, but its claws are relatively weak.

The boobrie's flight is slow. Its principal attack is by means of its long, hooked beak. These birds are totally immune to all forms of poison, and if favored forms of pray are not available they will eat snakes, lizards, and even spiders of sufficient size. They achieve surprise by crouching amidst tall grasses. If 2 are encountered they will be either a mated pair of adults (at least 5 points per hit die) or a pair of young (4 or fewer points per hit die).

A boobrie looks as if it were a huge heron with a beak resembling a cross between that of a heron and an eagle. There are a number of small, sharp teeth along the edges of the beak.

Behind the scenes

  • The Boobrie was a mythological, shapeshifting bird from Scottish lore.
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