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It's a fair question. After all, birds are just birds aren't they? Unlike a bigfoot or a chupacabra, they're everywhere. Hasn't just about everyone seen one, and so what if some are bigger than your normal bird? What makes that such a big deal?
Maybe it's because most scientists and skeptics think it's a big deal, or maybe because they don't want people to think it's as big a deal as some do, and they try to downplay the size, because most of them (many scientists and skeptics alike) simply believe that the largest bird living today is the ostrich, but they are still smaller than many of the reported sighting estimates.
According to http://www.australianfauna.com/ostrich.php, they can grow up to 9 feet tall and weigh close to 345 pounds. That is definitely a big bird, which brings up an interesting problem (that is not size related) and that is that ostriches don't really fly, and since most of the "big bird" sightings are of birds that are actually flying, and that most of these birds were estimated to be much bigger than ostriches.
Some of them were even reported picking up a small child and carrying them (off the ground) for a few feet.
Any bird that can carry a small child for a few feet is not just a big bird, but a huge bird. A giant bird would be a better description. It's not so much that a bird must be strong and able to lift over fifty pounds, but it must also be able to create enough air lift to not only lift itself and fly, but also lift and carry the child it has snagged. You wouldn't expect a hummingbird or bluejay or even an eagle to be able to pick a small child (or even a baby) up off the ground and carry it a few feet.
And in some of these sightings, (specifically the 1976 Texas sightings) the bird was not only described as big, but also as having a face that was "gorilla like" and/ or "horrible looking".
Big and scary looking, now that's a hell of a combination, and those are some of the reasons why big birds are such a big deal.
More commonly known as pterodactyls, pterosaurs are winged reptiles that existed from about 220 to 65 million years ago, from the late Triassic (250 to 200 million years ago) to the end of the Cretaceous Period (145 to 66 million years ago). Most (if not all) paleontologists believe they. along with many other large animals at the time, went extinct 65 million years ago.
JAN-05-2013 [SAT] SOURCE: Thunderbirds: America's Living Legends of Giant Birds p. 12 "When the 'super-eagle' was reported in Alaska, a federal biologist, Karen Laing, was quoted as observing that people 'don't always have the sizes right, but this is different because the people in that area know what eagles look like. I don't know of any bird that's three times the size of an eagle. What would that be? What bird occurs here that would possibly be three times the size of a Super Cub.'" JAN-22-2012 [SUN] SOURCE: Big Bird: Modern Sightings Of Flying Monsters p. 17 "The tracks were squared at the head, with a well-rounded impression in the back. They measured a whopping twelve inches long by eight inches across, as well as sinking an inch and a halp deep into the ground. SOURCE: Creatures of the Outer Edge p. 171 "The sighting, unlike most of the others, took place in the dayligt hours. On January 1, while the children's parens slept off the excesses of New Year's Eve, Tracey and Jackie were playing in the Lawson's back yard, which faces a plowed field five miles south of Harlingen along Ed Carey Road. p. 172 "The first three were close to the fence behind the house. The fourth print was twenty yards out into the field and the fifth twenty yards beyond that. The tracks were three-toed, eight inches across, square at the head, and were pressed an inch and a half into the hard ground. JAN-08-2012 [SUN] SOURCE: Big Bird: Modern Sightings Of Flying Monsters p. 5 " ...'The Owlman of Mawnan' a grotesque flying 'thing' that terrorised girls and young women in the vicinity of Mawnan Old Church in southern Cornwall... " p. 6 strange, blue, dog-like creature outside San Antonio, TX USA p. 7 " ...The local media, playing upon the popularity of a character from the children's television program Sesame Street, named the monster 'Big Bird'... " JAN-05-2012 [THU] SOURCE: Creatures of the Outer Edge p. 165 Highway 77 "'longest Main Street in the world'" Rio Grande Valley March, 1976 "The Rio Grande Valley is not, in short, a wild and primitive place." JAN-01-2012 Another interesting side trip is that (after watching some documentaries and reading up on the subject) many of the sightings are explained away as really sightings of "turkey vultures" which can grow to a very large size, and that size estimates have been exaggerated, maybe not intentionally, but mostly because there was nothing around with which to really make an accurate comparison for size. Turkey vulture Stellar eagle Giant condor California condor Thunderbird = Golden eagle Just how accurate is eyewitness estimations of size? Points of reference Monsterquest Birdzilla about 20 minutes in: An experiment was conducted with a 24 foot wide bird kite 2 of 6 said 100 feet wide but 2 0f six were pretty close one said 18 feet and another said 27 1/2 feet and yet the conclusion was that people can't accurately judge which was proven but some were close enough that you shouldn't just dismiss aLL estimationss offhand to bolster your arguement that you are right and people who believe huge birds don't exist are always wrong Pteresaurus Marlon Lowe approx. 60-65 pounds at least a foot in the air a distance of 40 feet 4 other witnesses a wingspan of more than 15 feet Andean Condor largest known flying bird today but they can't lift with their feet grasping ability of birds 160 pounds at least Large Raptors Has top have at least 16-18 wingspan to carry an 8 pound cat AmyStrange (when I once weighed her) weighed about that a little under to be exact The Lost World Humans have a fear of things that fly Taung, South Africa Taung Skull Crowned Hawk/ Eagle like bird Birds have these weird eyes they look like they are intelligently evil Gigantism is rare but it does happen At this time scientist don't support the idea that giant birds exist, improbable maybe, but not impossible in our opinion think about this no matter how large the odds people still win the lottery and get royal flushes, Ace high. John Russell DEC-31-2011 Giant Birds Monster Quest 2007 Season 1 Episode 4 Birdzilla 24 foot wingspan 5x the size of the average bird indigenous to Illinois. Ken Gerhard Illinois Alaska Texas Thunderbirds 20-28 feet Argentarvus Terratorns Pterasaurs 1972 Danville, IL USA 1977 Chief AJ (John) Huffer Lake Shelbyville, IL USA 1836 Illinois Author John Russell 2002 Alaska Super Size Birds
1976: JAN-01 [THU] > UNX > CRYPTOZOOLOGY > BIG BIRD > Rio Grande Valley, TX USA 1976: JAN-02 [FRI] > UNX > CRYPTOZOOLOGY > BIG BIRD > Rio Grande Valley, TX USA 1976: JAN-07 [WED] > UNX > CRYPTOZOOLOGY > BIG BIRD > Brownsville, TX USA
Rio Grande Valley, TX USA
Big Bird Sighting
While playing in her backyard, Tracey Lawson, 11, and her cousin Jackie Davies, 14, noticed a weird looking object almost a football field away. They went and got some binoculars and saw a "horrible-looking" black bird well over four feet tall and a "gorilla-like" face.
Rio Grande Valley, TX USA
Big Bird Sighting
The next day, Jackie's stepfather, Tom Walson, went to the Lawson property to look for tracks to satisfy his stepson.
Brownsville, TX USA
Another Big Bird Sighting
Big Bird: Modern Sightings Of Flying Monsters
© CFZ MMVII
Creatures of the Outer Edge
Copyright © 1978 by Jerome Clark and Loren Coleman
Cryptozoology A to Z
Copyright © 1999 by Loren Coleman and Jerome Clark
Encyclopedia of Strange and Unexplained Physical Phenomena
Copyright © 1993 by Gale Research Inc.
Live Pterosaurs In America
Copyright, © 2009 by Jonathon David Whitcomb
Mysteries of the Unexplained, Reader's Digest
Copyright © 1982 Reader's Digest Association
Thunderbirds: America's Living Legends of Giant Birds
by Mark A. Hall, Loren Coleman, Mark Lee Rollins
It's A Cryptid World:
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