The Qurupeco resembles a very large bird with Pterosaurus-like features, such as its fanged beak. It is well known to be a green bird with yellow overrides and notable scales on most joints. The Qurupeco has a short and stubby brown crest. The Qurupeco's beak stretches to the top of its head and the tip can be shaped like a gavel or a megaphone.
The Qurupeco also has a pair of nails which are both keratin and flint which sparks fire when they hit eachother. Its tail looks like a pedal, but shaped like the uchiwa fan (a type of Japanese fan) and the tips looks like a bud with the scaly features.
Qurupeco's feet seem to have only frontal digits of 3 on each foot. It can be considered to also have a back digit, but its stubby appearance makes it looks more like a heel. Its feet are also partially webbed.
It uses its masterful vocal mimicry abilities to summon aid from various monsters, as well as healing them and boosting their abilities. The Qurupeco's soft crest and throat sac makes the Qurupeco a very delicate monster.
Qurupeco's beak and flint-like wingtips can be broken for additional rewards at the end of a quest, such as Strange Beak and Flintstone, respectively.
When its vocal sac is inflated, it is susceptible to loud noises, much like the Yian Kut-Ku. This makes Sonic Bombs or objects that cause explosions effective at stopping some of its abilities, leaving the interrupted Qurupeco disoriented for a moment and causing it to drop an item.
Bird Wyverns with unique plumage. Well known for using their thoracic vocal organs to imitate others monsters calls, first summoning them, then using the distraction to flee. Spits a dangerous combustible body fluid.
Bird Wyverns with unique plumage. Well known for using their thoracic vocal organs to imitate others monsters calls, first summoning them, then using the distraction to flee. The creature spits a dangerous body fluid that can lower one's Resistance.
Depending on its body language type of monster the Qurupeco is summoning will change. When it holds its head up high and its wings down low while standing still, it is summoning a minion monster (Jaggi, Rhenoplos, Ludroth or Melynx), and when it sweeps its head from left to right, and then up, while balancing on one foot, it is summoning a boss monster. If the hunter stops the boss call it will not summon the boss but will keep calling it until it it has been called in the area. Also a monster will NOT respond to the call if sleeping.
The types of summoned minion monsters are dependent on the zone of a map the summoning is performed in.
Small monsters summoned to an area will be there the remainder of the quest unless killed.
It uses the flint-like parts of its wings to create sparks of fire, then it charges at its target and creates a massive spark/explosion, possibly by spitting combustible mucus into the smaller sparks made by its wing flints.
Breaking the flints does not seem to have any effect on its ability to create explosions, even though reducing its Stamina does.
As of MHP3rd, the Qurupeco will indicate how many times it will attack with its flints in a row. If it clicks its flints twice, it will attack two times, and when it clicks them twice in rapid succession and then a third time, it will attack thrice.
Its mucus is highly combustible and will decrease Fire Resistance on hit.
Qurupeco can dance to Heal or boost the Attack/Defense of itself and nearby monsters.
Its songs include: Healing (Green), Attack Boost (Red), Defense Boost (Orange-brown), and Stamina Boost (Yellow).
If staggered during the dance, the buff or heal will instead go to the hunting party, and the startled Qurupeco will drop an item and attempt to run away.
If the hunter staggers the Qurupeco with an explosion/Sonic Bomb while it is buffing, the boosts will not go to the party. Players can only get the boosts by interrupting its call with an actual attack on its inflated sac.
When low on Stamina, its abilities becomes hindered. It may trip at the end of charges and it will taunt more often. It also may fail to produce flames when pounding its flints together. Its tail turns an emerald green when fatigued. To recover Stamina, it will eat fish from Area 10 (Deserted Island) or Area 7 (Sandy Plains).
In Monster Hunter Portable 3rd, its tail becomes blue when low on Stamina, and it eats fish from Area 7(Misty Peaks).
Like the Great Jaggi and Great Baggi, the Qurupeco is one of the few monsters that cannot have its tail severed.
Breaking Qurupeco's beak will not stop it from calling for help/healing. It will, however, take twice as long to perform the actions, giving the hunter(s) more time to stop it.
Qurupeco's beak attack can hit a hunter up to four times. Defending is not recommended if a hunter's stamina isn't full. This is similar with Gypceros' and Yian Kut-Ku's attack.
Qurupeco is featured in the PSP game Monster Hunter Portable 3rd, along with a new red-colored, volcano dwelling Qurupeco Subspecies. New weapons that can be made from Qurupeco materials include a Hunting Horn, Bow, and Switch Axe.
In High-Rank Quests and G-Rank Quests, Qurupeco may summon a Deviljho to assist it. However, when the Deviljho is low on Stamina it may attack the Qurupeco, dealing damage to it. It will even eat from the Qurupeco carcass after it has been killed.
In the hotspring in the guild, when the player soaks in and presses the left directional button, the character will make rubber duckys that are shaped like a Gargwa, a Qurupeco, or a Crimson Qurupeco.
Despite being a Bird Wyvern, a hunter cannot obtain a Bird Wyvern Gem from a Qurupeco.
In Monster Hunter Portable 3rd, there is an Event Quest where the Hunter can fight a tiny Qurupeco and, unlike the normal Qurupeco in Monster Hunter Portable 3rd, can call a Deviljho.
Qurupeco and its subspecies are the only Bird Wyverns capable of flight in the third generation.