The gillygaloo (GIL-lē-GAL-lu) is an unusual bird with a cube-shaped body. It has the other usual characteristics of a bird- a beak, wings, feathers, and so forth- and these are all of normal size and shape.
The gillygaloo nests on the slopes of the Rocky Mountains and has adapted to its surroundings by laying cubic eggs, which are less likely to roll downhill. Gillygaloo eggs are both edible and a useful component in the creation of potions and other magical objects.
An adult gillygaloo can reach about 11 inches in length and can weigh up to 16 pounds. It tends to be brown and grey with yellow legs and short talons. The gillygaloo is another excellent example of where the mundane laws of science fall short, as despite its unique shape and so-called Laws of Aerodynamics, they have no more difficulty flying than any other bird.
The gillygaloo has a number of unusual vocalizations. It can howl "ooo-wee" during mating season when it is looking for a mate or "nahm-nahm" when it has found food. Its danger call is "ahhhh-ohhhh."
Gillygaloos and their eggs are edible, and some ranchers keep gillygaloo farms as the birds taste like chicken. The ease of storing and transporting gillygaloo carcasses and eggs have made them a staple food source among the Magimundi.
In the wild, a gillygaloo will typically lay about five eggs in the spring. A juvenile gillygaloo takes about five months to mature. They will migrate south along the Rockies in the late fall and back again in the early spring.
A juvenile gillygaloo is called a pip. The collective noun for a group of gillygaloos is a flock.
Gillygaloos make their nests on the slopes of the Rocky Mountains. They migrate south to New Mexico and Kansas in the winter and to Colorado, Idaho, and Utah in the sumer.
With the exception of their square anatomy, the gillygaloo resembles a smaller version of a wild turkey. Unlike a turkey, they have feathered heads, although their feathers are very much like turkey feathers.
Gillygaloos are omnivorous. They consume seeds, nuts, berries, and even pine cones. They also eat insects, small reptiles, and amphibians.
Gillygaloos are a popular food source, as are their eggs. Their eggs can also be used in a wide variety of alchemical productions. It is possible to brew some potions inside the gillygaloo eggshell which makes them last six times longer. Their eggs can be hard boiled and magically preserved to be used as dice, which are highly resistant to spells that would influence their results.
Gillygaloo feathers can be used in spells where numerology is important. They can be enchanted to make a quill that, when used, automatically provides the results for simple arithmetic (such quills are not allowed at any Primaschola or Magischola in the Magimundi).
The breastbone of the gillygaloo can be broken into four parts at the corners then fused together to make a wand core that excels at luck-magic and flight. Gillygaloos have been used as familiars, but they are not very intelligent, so they are considered a familiar of last resort.
Gillygaloo are not exactly threatening, but due to their increased density, one may stub a toe if they try to kick the bird. There are tales told of abusive humans who come under attack by a flock of gillygaloos seeking vengeance, but this has never been documented.