Thursday, May 16, 2013

Day 6 May Monster Madness -- The Texas Big Bird

Welcome to Day 6 of May Monster Madness, hosted by Annie Walls, Little Gothic Horrors, & Something wicKED This Way Comes.

photo credit American Monsters
I've been featuring reported monsterly sightings from around my home state of Texas. Today I'm introducing you to Texas' Big Bird. No, not the canary-colored, neighborly pal, but a monstrous winged beast. 

Many of Texas' accounts began in the 1970's in the Rio Grande Valley area. American Monsters website wrote a detailed post you can read here. It features several eyewitness accounts. One man's story claims the creature mutilated some of his cattle.

Some believe the beast to be the Native American legend of the Thunderbird. Here are a few stories of the strange creature.

Many creature-seekers dedicate their lives to proving the existence of creatures like Big Bird. I owe heaps of gratitude to some of these folk. They've provided me with information, sparking my inspiration for many of my stories. One of my favorite crypto-hunters is a Texas Cryptozoologist, Ken Gerhard. He has written a book about the giant winged beasts, BIG BIRD! MODERN SIGHTINGS OF FLYING MONSTERS.

Of course, Texas also has a few species of birds, some endangered, which have large wingspans. Is it possible that the sightings were merely mistaken identities of a Bald Eagle, vulture, crane, or the Great Blue Heron?

Most recently (2008), there have been a few eyewitness accounts of the Texas Big Bird in the San Antonio area.  This man's account refers to a large flying creature with a 10-12 foot wingspan and bat-like or pterodactyl features. 

The Quetzalcoatlus was a pterodactyloid pterosaur, from around 66 million years ago. The first Quetzalcoathlus fossils were found in the Big Bend National Park in west Texas in 1971.

Do you think it's possible a prehistoric bird-like creature still exists? Logic tells us no, but sometimes, I wonder. 

I've visited the vast, west Texas deserts several times. I'll tell you this, out there, the barren and harsh landscape whiplashes the imagination into high gear. And then anything is possible.


  1. Doubt those ancient birds exist, but wonder if it's Big Birds and not aliens that mutilate cattle?

  2. Hmm, interesting post! I doubt they still exist, but I do have an open mind when it comes to a lot of things!

    Here is my MMM Day 6

  3. I actually think that this kind of creature may exist, but not in the U.S. I think it may exist in New Guinea because it's so remote and there are places in that jungle where the natives swear by such a bird eating their children.

  4. Another one I've never heard of before. Your MMM is getting more and more interesting!

  5. Wow! I had no idea that Texas was so chock-full of all these creatures. Your MMM posts have been a real education! :)

  6. Big Bird! Funny! (The name, not the scary creature.) Remind me to stay out of Texas because you got some really freaky things over there! lol

  7. A very interesting creature for sure.

  8. I know you said not 'Big Bird', but my brain is betraying me, I now have a mental image of a giant yellow bird menacing cattle :). Texas seems to be very rich in monster folklore. I have no idea how populated Texas is, but I suppose if there are wide open areas it might be possible for a long thought extinct species to still be around.
    Tasha's Thinkings

  9. Oh wow, it looks like the Chupacabra, the Jersey Devil and a bat had a baby. Totally freaky.

  10. I love settings, like deserts, that kick your imagination into high gear. It's easy to imagine some rare, fantastic bird in that kind of backdrop!