We’re talking about Thunderbird this week and the huge North American birds that may have inspired Thunderbird’s physical description. Thanks to Desmon of the Not Historians podcast for this week’s topic suggestion!
While I was in the middle of researching this episode, Thinking Sideways did a whole episode on Washington’s Eagle.
Depiction of Thunderbird on a Pacific Northwest totem pole
A wandering albatross hanging out with a lot of lesser birds. Biggest wingspan in the world right here, folks!
A California condor. #16, in fact.
An adult bald eagle with a juvenile.
Washington’s eagle as painted by James Audubon
Model of a teratorn. We don’t actually know what colors they were.