Friday, January 28, 2011

Creature Feature: Thunderbirds

Native American thunderbirds have been inspiring stories for ages. With their giant wingspans, magical abilities, and hints of symbolism it’s easy to see why they are so popular. But this creature, once limited to Native American mythology has been experiencing a revival as numerous people have come forward claiming to have seen a thunderbird.

So what exactly is a Thunderbird? Native stories vary among tribes but they are thought to be some sort of large bird or flying creature. Some tribes believe that they have the ability to create storms by flapping their enormous wings. Other tribes believe that certain humans could shape shift into the form of a bird. They are both feared and revered by the people that believe in them.

There’s a small group of people today that believe that Thunderbirds are actually pterodactyls that have some how survived and are maintaining a small population. Others think that Thunderbirds may actually be other common misidentified birds such as vultures or condors. The fact that it is difficult to estimate the size of things in the sky makes it hard to confirm the actual wingspan of any flying creature. And until someone comes forward with some good evidence of the Thunderbird it’s going to stay a legend.

Have you ever seen anything large flying in the sky you couldn’t identify? If so I want to hear about it!


  1. I thought I saw what looked like a burning plane in the sky over central Scotland last week but was amazed to find that no plane crash was ever reported. I saw something but don't know what.

  2. Wow Ryan that is really strange! I wonder if anyone else in the area saw it. I would think a burning plane would be on the news. Maybe it was a bit of burning meteorite entering the atmosphere? It's hard to say though without actually being there!

  3. It wasn't a meteorite, it actually turned 90 degrees and flew off. Are there any forums or contacts you could mention this to, maybe get some other people who experienced the same thing.

  4. That's interesting. I'll do a bit of online searching and see if I can find anything out about it.

  5. I found an article about a burning jet on the West coast of Scotland on the 27th. Do you remember what day you saw it? I;m not sure if a jet could get from central to West Scotland that quickly but it might be a possibility. Here's the link for the article