At the beginning of the 21st Century monsters still roam the remote, and sometimes not so remote, corners of our planet. It is our job to search for them. The Centre for Fortean Zoology [CFZ] is - we believe - the largest professional, scientific and full-time organisation in the world dedicated to cryptozoology - the study of unknown animals. Since 1992 the CFZ has carried out an unparalleled programme of research and investigation all over the world. Since 2009 we have been running the increasingly popular CFZ Blog Network, and although there has been an American branch of the CFZ for over ten years now, it is only now that it has a dedicated blog.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016


A creature with this description was captured in Guangdong, China, in 1893.  I discovered this in Richard Muirhead's periodical Flying Snake Volume 1, Issue 3.

Apparently, locals were all for killing this bird because of its outlandish appearance, but someone captured it and saved it.  It seemed to have taken to domestication.

What kind of creature was it?  A bird with a vestigial beak or even a nose-like beak?  Unless somebody can manage time travel, I fear it will remain a mystery.

Flying Snake can be ordered from Flying Snake Press, 113 High Street, Macclesfield, SK11 7QQ, UK.  The cost is roughly $4.20 per issue in American currency.

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