Is The Thunderbird Really Extinct?

Lately numerous of reports has come in suggesting that sightings of the Super-huge Thunderbird confirms that some of these birds actually can still be around. The thunderbirds of North American legend were almost exact equivalents to the old world bird-rock, a giant predatory eagle-like or vulture-like bird with supernatural powers. Thunderbirds inhabit the folklore of many regions, but are more closely associated with certain locales such as Pennsylvania, the Mississippi River valley, and “The Enchanted Valley” in Olympic National Park, located in the Pacific Northwest. The thunderbird of folklore and the thunderbird of cryptozoology are two different things, though.

Cryptozoologists use the word “thunderbird” as a convenient term for any abnormally large flying bird sighted in the New World. Giant flightless birds are treated separately. Most cryptozoological thunderbirds look at least somewhat like the thunderbirds of legend, but not all of them do. Some are giant owls, for example, even though “big owl” is a separate creature from the thunderbird in Native American legend.

Most thunderbird reports that are taken seriously by scientists working in the field of cryptozoology describe a bird that generally resembles a really huge condor, sometimes with eagle features. This bird is sighted regularly in the same areas, at the same times of year, leading cryptozoologists to conclude that it might be an incredibly rare and highly migratory bird. The Andean Condor is also a very big bird with almost up to 4 meters wingspan. Andean Condor is also one of the few Condors that actually hunts its own prey.

The classic type of thunderbird sounds much like an extinct variety of giant bird, called teratorns. Some thunderbird reports involve flying bird-like creatures that do not have obvious feathers or that seem to have bat-like wings. These tend to get classified as giant bats or pterosaurs. Which I think they are not.

One of the most classic encounters is also said to be one of the most exciting, and frightening, the Illinois encounters occurred in 1977 in Lawndale, a small town in Logan County. On the evening of July 25, two giant birds appeared in the sky above Lawndale. The birds were reported several times as they circled and swooped in the sky. Finally, they headed straight down and reportedly attacked three boys who were playing in the backyard of Ruth and Jake Lowe. One of the birds grasped the shirt of ten-year-old Marlon Lowe, snagging its talons into the cloth. The boy tried in vain to fight the bird off then cried loudly for help.

The boy’s cries brought Marlon’s mother running outside. She later reported that she had seen the bird actually lift the boy from the ground and into the air. She screamed loudly and the bird released the child. It had carried him, at a height of about three feet, for a distance of about forty feet. She was sure that if she had not come outside, the bird had been capable of carrying the boy away. Luckily, although scratched and badly frightened, Marlon was not seriously injured.

Four other adults appeared on the scene within seconds of the attack. They described the birds as being black in colour, with bands of white around their necks. ( typical for the Andean Condor) I would like to add.

Recent Encounters

Keystone State 2016. There were several Black thunderbird encounters reported. These huge birds with massive 7-8 meters wingspans.

March 25, 2014-Giant Bird Observed Near Jeannette, PA

On the afternoon of March 25, 2014, a man was taking a walk near Jeannette, PA and happened to look up into the sky. The sky was quite cloudy at the time and the witness noticed what appeared to be a small aircraft towards the east. As he continued to watch what he thought was a piper cub, he realized that it seemed to be moving too fast for a small aircraft. As he focused on it he was startled to see that “the wings were turned up at the end.”

The man realized that the dark coloured object he was seeing was not a small air-plane but appeared to be a huge bird. As he watched, it glided towards the west and brushed the clouds at times. He never saw it flap its wings. While it was difficult to judge the altitude of the creature, the witness estimated that the wingspan was about 5-6 meters across. The man wanted to get a better look so he ran into his house to grab a pair of binoculars. When he returned outside, the bird was continuing to glide and quickly moved out of sight. He never had the chance to observe it through the binoculars.




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