Classification: XXXX / Beast - Native worldwide
A Centaur is a magical creature whose head, torso and arms appear to be human and are joined to a horse's body. They are, however, their own species and are not any kind of half-breed and take offense to being thought of as such. Like horses, centaurs can come in a variety of colours, ranging from deep black to white. They have the body of a horse, and the torso, arms and head of a human man.
Despite possessing 'human intelligence' Centaurs are classified as Beasts by the Ministry of Magic, at their own request due to their displeasure at the thought of sharing 'Being' status with hags and vampires. Centaurs are forest-dwelling, and, in each country where colonies exist, the wizarding authority has set aside land exclusively for their use. Centaurs have their own methods of concealment, and avoid contact with both wizards and witches and Muggles. They generally live in herds of ten to fifty individuals.
Centaurs do not use wands for magic, but are known to be well-versed in magical healing, Divination, archery, and Astronomy. Centaurs burn herbs such as mallowsweet and sage to refine their stargazing findings.