Henry H. Tryon's
“ F E A R S O M E   C R I T T E R S
( 70th A N N I V E R S A R Y   H Y P E R T E X T   E D I T I O N )



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Filla-Ma-Loo.
THE FILLA-MA-LOO BIRD
Fulica stultusregrediens

          A curious character, varying widely from the usual run of feathered animals. A bird distinctly low in intellectual curiousity, showing complete and consistent indifference as to where he’s going. He prefers only to see where he’s been; hence he always flies backwards.
          A rather rare species, frequently heard of, but seldom seen. Authentic reports are none too common. This is odd, for a turkey-like head on a long bottle-green neck sparsely spangled with large, silvery scales, a black right wing and a pink left one make a color combination hard to miss. The nest is usually built upside down; the eggs (seven to a clutch) are invariably Grade D. The call resembles the clank of a Johnson bar being shoved into reverse.
          Variously called the Goofus Bird, the Flu-fly Bird, etc.


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Fearsome Critters, Written by Henry H. Tryon • Illustrated by Margaret R. Tryon
(Cornwall, NY: Idlewild Press, 1939) Original Text and Illustrations Public Domain License.
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