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Welsh Flying 'Serpent' by Pristichampsus Welsh Flying 'Serpent' by Pristichampsus
It has been theorised that century old reports of feathered flying serpents in Wales may have been some sort of unusual bird, perhaps a pheasant. It makes sense, unlikely as it seems, the Quetzal bird was worshiped as a flying serpent by the Mayans, because it appears serpentine in flight. Like the Quetzal and the peacock, it is said to glitter and shine, with eyed wings and tail appearing like jewels. The birds were reported to raid chicken coops, either this is scapegoating, and the culprit was a fox. Alternately, some large birds, including pheasants, are very aggressive towards chickens (also, large birds invariably attack each other), and many kinds of domestic pheasant are cannibalistic.

Thanks to Karl Shuker for introducing me to this Cryptid.
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Homero13 Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist
Great illustration.
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Traheripteryx Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Fascinating!
Never heard of those British amphitheres!
Actually, a pheasant makes sense. Seems, there's a bit of truth behind this myth.
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
Someone said, maybe peafowl were brought to britain early, which would neatly solve this case.
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Traheripteryx Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Perhaps by the Romans... Similar origin, like ABCs...
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ZaubererbruderASP Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do you mind if I use this picture in our Dragons Wiki in this article: de.drachen.wikia.com/wiki/Drac…
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Professional General Artist
go ahead.
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ZaubererbruderASP Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Done :D Thanks a lot
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Troodon-Man Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2013
Can I use this picture on my blog?
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2013  Professional General Artist
No.
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2012  Student General Artist
Nice detective work.
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks :)
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Student General Artist
You're welcome. :)
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masonday Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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FallenAngelSkyla Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. Lovely work on the feathers :) It reminds me of a peacock, but does the tail fan out in the same way?
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
no, it's more "snake-like".

Thanks for visiting :hug:
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FallenAngelSkyla Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Snake + bird = awesome :D
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
yes!
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Reedius Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great drawing and theory, but as I read the description of the creature it made me wonder if what the people saw back then weren't actually just escaped peacocks seen by people who didn't know them for what they where.
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
That's possible too, but it depends on when Peacocks were first imported from India, I don't know that date.
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Reedius Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Me neither, but it could well have been about that time though, maybe even before. But those first peacocks would have been only held at the courts of nobility and wouldn't be known to the average person as opposed to pheasants who would have been common knowledge. So that's a possibility you might wan't to examine further.
Still like your version a lot though and a new species of animal is always more alluring to think about ;)
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
of course. :)

But the alleged length of this bird is a little bigger than a peacock, but I guess that could be exaggeration.
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TheArchosaurQueen Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The birds, more then meets the eye. The birds, dinosaurs in disguise =p.

Very nice work :clap:.
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
thanks :D
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TheArchosaurQueen Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your welcome sir :bow:.
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
:D
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SaucyLobster Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011
Interesting, cool idea.
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
thanks :D
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Cephlaken Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011
Yes, that is a very ignored cryptid. And it makes lots of sense that it is indeed, a bird.
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Pristichampsus Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
yes! :D
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