"Thanks to Karl Shuker for introducing me to this Cryptid."
Thanks do go to Karl for pointing this creature out, since it is one of the featured creatures of From Flying Toads to Snakes With Wings. However the identification is mine as well as very nearly the same wording I used
I did say "Some domestic fowl can be cannibalistic" because actually this does include even chickens-allegedly some fighting cocks enjoy eating the losers in fights, and so on.
Darren Naish posted a reference to cannibalism in pheasants on Tet Zoo before:
|English Water Jug 1100s|
|North German Water Jug, 1200s|
|Illuminated Boewulf Manuscript from the 1300s|
|1420 Moors Subduing a Dragon|
|Rafael, Renaissance Italy, St George and the Dragon. |
Once again the traditional size and shape is approximated
And is about right for a large pheasant-like bird with a long tail