A live pterosaur is hardly restricted to the USA. Large flying creatures fly wherever they choose, regardless of political boundaries. With reports of living pterosaurs in Americans states like California, Arizona, Texas, and Arkansas, it is no wonder that people in Mexico also report those same strange featherless “birds.” But should we take that word in the literal sense?
When an eyewitness tells me about a bird that has no feathers, I take the word “bird” in context, not as a scientific classification of an avian species. Consider first the details of description.
Take the 1944 Finschhafen sighting. Duane Hodgkinson assumed it was a bird, when he first saw something start to run through the tall grass, as the creature flapped its wings. It may have taken about a second for him to realize it was no bird. Let’s remember that perspective when we encounter the avian word from eyewitnesses who never before considered the possibility of a modern living pterosaur. The creatures observed are featherless, but it’s easier to use the word “bird,” and it sounds less shocking than “dragon” or “pterosaur.”
Eyewitness Accounts From Mexico
Mexicans may use their own word for “bird” (pajaro in Spanish) when referring to a large featherless flying creature. And why should those apparent pterosaurs avoid Mexico when they have been seen in Cuba? Consider some brief sighting reports.
According to what one of my associates has reported to me (and this man has explored in Mexico, searching for physical evidence for modern pterosaurs), in at least one area in Mexico, sightings are not rare:
Two specific sightings, and I interviewed the respective brother [of the persons who] made the original sightings. I have not made it into the mountains to confirm the killing of one large prehistoric bat type bird that was shot by police and military, and when placed in their military pickup it tilted from the weight of the animal.
This large, leathery, killed animal was in the same mountain city as the large white bat type bird that was seen by a woman and her husband run from their home after killing 18 of their chickens. It cut the wire with its claws according to the girls brother. She was 29 years old at the time of the sighting.
I also talked with the brother of [a] 24 year old student . . . who was returning home late one night, (11:30 pm), and thought he saw a drunk man in the middle of the highway, to discover the drunk man could fly, and [the eyewitness drove away] from this animal for 11 [kilometers] at very high speeds . . . as the bird flew beside him and attempted to get at him thru the windows. Seemed to follow the lights of the car.
An ancient Mayan relief sculpture of a peculiar bird with reptilian characteristics has been discovered in Totonacapan, in northeastern section of Veracruz, Mexico.
Old stories and ancient history—those contain the word “dragon,” and some of the accounts involve large creatures that fly, and sometimes those flying creatures resemble pterosaurs . . .
To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time this subject, of the four basic types of credibility, has been explored in any book or web page or scientific paper, at least regarding the concept of eyewitness reports of apparent pterosaurs.
Area where a possible pterosaur footprint (recent) was discovered in Mexico
Live Pterosaurs in America, third edition, by Jonathan David Whitcomb
From pages 60 and 61 in this nonfiction cryptozoology book:
In mid-2007, a man in New Mexico emailed me about his two sightings. “. . . me and a close friend, who now has a masters in biology, were hiking during the midday sun at [a] box canyon and something blocked the sun for a moment. We both looked up to see what did that and saw a large flying animal. It had a 20-30 foot wingspan and was about the same length long. It had a long tail with [a] seeming spike at the end. Its head was very pterodactyl shape with a fluted back pointy head. . . .”