There’s a whole bunch of large winged creatures alongside the floofs, aaand of them the hippogryphs are probably least likely to kill you?
They typically come in three bases, equine, cervid and caprine-like, but range across the full of those critter families (so a lot of variation!). Are fairly similar to gryphons, but their typical distinctions are large feathery crests, fluff down the full leg, foot shape, and sooometimes being antlered/horned (equines don’t get em tho). Tails are a good tell-point too.
Honestly you should be hard pressed to mistake hippogryphs for gryphons? I dunno, we’ll see when I get to those guys.
When it comes to coats, the equinae-ish folk are rarely bright and colourful but it’s known to happen. Think bird of prey patterns. Cervidae and Caprinae-ish guys are more often the smallbird bright ones, but not strictly limited to either.