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Old Sunday 19th September 2010, 00:18   #1
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Exclamation bird found! Looks like a dragon!

i kid you not, this thing looks wild, video captured of it in monterrey, nl I have no clue were that is but it sounds spanish in the video. Im no linguist so someone here will have to fill in the blanks. If anyone cant post some links to pics or other video then it would be very appriciated. I have never seen anything like this. Also the link provided is not spam or advertising. The only info i know is that i have none about this creature. check it out.

http://www.ebaumsworld.com/video/watch/81074241/
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Old Sunday 19th September 2010, 00:42   #2
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Welcome to BirdForum, furstreak.

I can't tell for sure from the video, but the bird could be a Common Poorwill (Tapacaminos Tevi; Phalaenoptilus nuttallii)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Poorwill
http://www.utahbirds.org/birdsofutah...onPoorwill.htm

If it isn't, it is surely a related species of nightjar (family Caprimulgidae). They all have wide mouths which with they catch flying insects during the night; they sleep during the day.

Monterrey is the capital of Nuevo Leon, a state in northeastern Mexico that barely borders Texas. The language in the video is Spanish.
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Old Sunday 19th September 2010, 06:36   #3
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It never ceases to amaze me what media hype does to people, The bird in my opinion is clearly a member of the Nightjar/frogmouth family, granted they look a bit odd...but a dragon, come on!!
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Old Sunday 19th September 2010, 09:13   #4
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Old Sunday 19th September 2010, 09:44   #5
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C'mon people you must be missing something. How could that be a member of the Nightjar family... it's clearly a fire breathing dragon, and I heard it ate a man whole before they finally managed to capture it.
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Old Sunday 19th September 2010, 09:46   #6
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C'mon people you must be missing something. How could that be a member of the Nightjar family... it's clearly a fire breathing dragon, and I heard it ate a man whole before they finally managed to capture it.
And at night their eyes glow red!!!
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OOOOO, then I saw a dragon the other day, not a nightjar. COOOL
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Old Sunday 19th September 2010, 10:06   #8
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Commentary of the video says moreless: people saw something they thought looked like a witch ("bruja", no mention of dragon), they captured the thing and found out it was a strange bird.
Nothing overly dramatic then, though the background music maybe does the trick

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Old Sunday 19th September 2010, 11:36   #9
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This is clearly a dragon. The captured one being newly hatched. The one in flight I would estimate has a wingspan of between 10 and 20 metres. If you look closely, you can see smoke emanating from its nostrils.

Or maybe it's a flying pig.
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Next thing we know, someone will be claiming Giant Ravens in the US
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Next thing we know, someone will be claiming Giant Ravens in the US
Giant Ravens have been firmly established as occurring in the US. What we need, now, is equally firm evidence that they occur in Mexico.

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Old Sunday 19th September 2010, 18:26   #12
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Frogmouth?
Frogmouth are not native to the Americas.
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Looks to me like a potoo.
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Old Monday 20th September 2010, 00:30   #15
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According to my Mexican field guide, potoos are not found near Monterrey. A potoo, a bird of the tropical lowlands, would be quite a find in the northern zone of Monterrey (mentioned as the site of the filming at the beginning of the video), which is in the foothills (at about 537 m/1760 ft altitude) of the Sierra Madre Oriental mountains not too far from the US-Mexico border. The bird strikes me as too dark to be a potoo.
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Giant Ravens have been firmly established as occurring in the US. What we need, now, is equally firm evidence that they occur in Mexico.
They are extinct; to be seen never more! Since you are from Maryland you should know that! The last one was seen in Baltimore in the 19th century once upon a midnight dreary.

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They are extinct; to be seen never more! Since you are from Maryland you should know that! The last one was seen in Baltimore in the 19th century once upon a midnight dreary.

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But they live on as hybrids with the Ivory-billed Woodpecker.
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So these giant ravens have croaked?
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Chupacabras ate all the giant ravens ;-)
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It's a shame that bloke who went looking for them never returned.....'coz that thread was the funniest thing I've ever read on here! Delusional was an understatement!!
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It's a shame that bloke who went looking for them never returned.....
Proof, surely, of their man-eating existence.

PS - Why isn't the subject bird just a Whip-poor-will?
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Proof, surely, of their man-eating existence.

PS - Why isn't the subject bird just a Whip-poor-will?
My impression was of a Chuck-wills-widow - they have enormouse gapes - but the video quality is so poor, it could well be otherwise...

What I can't get over is how much "traction" this video has ... this is the third time someone has brought it to my attention. The last time, someone sent me an email with a link, claiming it was a Rufous Potoo!

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According to my Mexican field guide, potoos are not found near Monterrey. A potoo, a bird of the tropical lowlands, would be quite a find in the northern zone of Monterrey (mentioned as the site of the filming at the beginning of the video), which is in the foothills (at about 537 m/1760 ft altitude) of the Sierra Madre Oriental mountains not too far from the US-Mexico border. The bird strikes me as too dark to be a potoo.
Ah, I didn't pay enough attention to the location. I'll agree with nightjar then.
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I vote for chupacabra.
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