Manaus Pterosaur

Flying Rep TLE of South America.

Physical description: Flat head. Long beak. Long neck. Ribbed wings. Wingspan, 12 feet. Behavior: Flies in a V-formation. Distribution: Manaus, Amazonas State, Brazil.

Significant sighting: Five winged animals flying in a V-formation were seen by J. Harrison near Manaus, Brazil, in 1947. Their wings resembled brown leather and seemed to lack feathers.

Possible explanations:

(1) A large stork native to Brazil, either the Jabiru (Jabiru mycteria), the Maguari (Ciconia maguari), or the Wood stork (Mycteria americana).

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(2) Pelicans (Family Pelecanidae) often fly in V-formations.

Source: John Michell and Robert J. M. Rickard, Living Wonders (London: Thames and Hudson, 1982), p. 50.

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