Half a century ago, Belgian Zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans first codified cryptozoology in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) are still on the track, and have been since 1992. But as if chasing unknown animals wasn't enough, we are involved in education, conservation, and good old-fashioned natural history! We already have three journals, the largest cryptozoological publishing house in the world, CFZtv, and the largest cryptozoological conference in the English-speaking world, but in January 2009 someone suggested that we started a daily online magazine! The CFZ bloggo is a collaborative effort by a coalition of members, friends, and supporters of the CFZ, and covers all the subjects with which we deal, with a smattering of music, high strangeness and surreal humour to make up the mix.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009



Everyone knows that I am a fan of Sharon the birdchick. But here she has surpassed herself with a remarkable posting about the world's most glorious gallinaceous fowl - the North American prairie chicken. These fantastic creatures behave in such a gloriously absurd manner that I defy anyone to be able to watch the video embedded below without wanting to a) Shout Wayhay! b) Laugh very loudly or c) pick it up and cuddle it.

Or is it just me who has a complete obsession with chickens?

1 comment:

Retrieverman said...

In addition the Lesser Prairie chicken, there is another species called the Greater Prairie chicken.

Its range was once quite extensive on the East Coast, where it was called the "heath hen." Its range may have once included the entire East Coast, but in historical times, it ranged from coastal New Hampshire to Northern Virginia.

There is some debate on whether the heath hen was its own species or was just a race of the Greater Prairie chicken.

We do know that it was adapted to the humid conditions of the East Coast, and, strangely, Greater prairie chickens do not seem to be able to thrive there. It is likely that they are simply unable to live in a coast environment. So we can never replace them with a Greater prairie chicken from the interior, as has been partially done with Florida panthers, when the Texas cougars were introduced to increase genetic diversity.