This creature is bigger than a riding horse and has a tawny lion’s body, great falcon wings, and a jackal’s head.

Vicious hunters, canisphinxes often chase their prey across the desert sands for hours, waiting for the victim to drop from exhaustion.[1]


Canisphinxes prefer prey that is too weak to fight back, and they usually flee in the face of stronger opposition. When they decide to fight, they try to pin their foes and finish them off with bite and rake attacks.[1]


Though these creatures generally hunt alone, a mated pair occasionally gangs up on prey as a prelude to some sort of courting behavior.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Jennifer Clarke-Wilkes, Bruce R. Cordell and JD Wiker (March 2005). Sandstorm: Mastering the Perils of Fire and Sand. (Wizards of the Coast), p. 186. ISBN 0-7869-3655-X.