The Simurgh is an ancient, immortal Persian mythological beast similar to a griffin or Phoenix. It is most often described as having the head and foreparts of a dog, the wings and tail of a peacock, and a body covered with scales.
The Simurg is associated with the Tree of Life and present in many old tales of the creation. He is benevolent, protective guardian figure with healing powers.
In later times, he is depicted as a more typical phoenix-like creature.