Kikiyaon

Unknown Bird of West Africa.

Etymology: Bambara (Mande) word. Physical description: Like a large owl. Covered in greenish-gray fur rather than feathers. Immense wings. A sharp spur juts from each of its two shoulder joints. Large talons. Short, tufted tail.

Behavior: Call is a deep grunt like the "uh-uh-uhu-hoom-hoom" of Pel's fishing owl (Sco-topelia peli). Also makes a noise like a person being strangled.

Habitat: Dense forest. Distribution: Senegal.

Source: Karl Shuker, "The Secret Animals of Senegambia," Fate 51 (November 1998): 46-51.

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