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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.

February 1947, Manaus, Amazon, Brazil, a traveler:

Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

Apparently, "mysteries books" authors Janet and Colin Bord told in 1989 that in February 1947, in Manaus, Brazil, or on the Amazon river, a traveler saw five "birds" with leather bodies and wings.

This, is according to Belgian ufologist Godelieve van Overmeire who included it in her UFO timeline a few years later.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001747
Date of event: February 1947
Earliest report of event: 1989?
Delay of report: Hours, 4 decades?
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: Mystery book Janet and Colin Bord.
First certain record by: Ufology timeline Godelieve van Overmeire.
First alleged record type: Mystery book.
First certain record type: "Skeptical" ufology timeline.
This file created on: October 10, 2018
This file last updated on: October 10, 2018
Country of event: Brazil
State/Department: Amazonas
Type of location: Manaus
Lighting conditions: Not reported.
UFO observed: No
UFO arrival observed: N/A
UFO departure observed: N/A
UFO/Entity Relation: None
Witnesses numbers: 1
Witnesses ages: Not reported.
Witnesses types: Not reported. A traveler.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 5
Type of entities: Bird-like
Entities height: Small
Entities outfit type: None or not reported or leather.
Entities outfit color: Not reported.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported. Birds.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Not reported.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Wings.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: Not reported.
Entities actions: Not reported.
Entities/witness interactions: Not reported.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported.
Explanation category: Probable bats, not UFO-related.
Explanation certainty: High.



1947, February

BRAZIL, Manuos, (Amazon river)

A traveler saw five "birds" with leather bodies and wings. (Janet and Colin BORD: "Modern Mysteries of the World" - Guild Publishing London 1989, 314)


Albert Rosales indicates that in Manaus, Matto Grosso, Brazil, in February 1947 at an unknown time, near the Amazon River, a traveler saw five bird-like creatures with leathery bodies and wings flying overhead, and that there is no other information.

He indicates the source as "Janet & Colin Bord, "Modern Mysteries of The World".

Points to consider:

It is obviously not "Manuos" as per Belgian "skeptical" ufologist Godelieve van Overmeire [go1], a non-existent locality in the Amazon, but Manaus.

British authors Janet and Colin Bord have published an impressive number of books on "fairies", ghosts, encounters of strange creatures and all sorts of mysteries. But they present those the way of a "cabinet of curiosity", questions of reliability, explanation, are hardly the concern.

It is fairly certain that they are not the primary source of the alleged incident. But I found no other, previous, or more detailed source of what is thus at the moment just a very poorly documented case, without details, and of unknown credibility, of which I do not even know the date of the first report.

Of course, to me, "birds with leather bodies and wings" is an almost accurate description of bats.

Amazon bat.

Of course, there is little chance that the locals would not have recognized bats; but see: one of the rare details given in this story is that the witness was "a traveler", thus maybe a foreigner, someone who has never been confronted to these animals.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:
1 Data Severe October 10, 2018 Patrick Gross Patrick Gross Primary source missing and undetermined. Help needed. Opened.


Probable bats, not UFO-related.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:


Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross October 10, 2018 Creation, [go1], [ar1].
1.0 Patrick Gross October 10, 2018 First published.

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