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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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Dinofuzz 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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Dinofuzz 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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