The Duphon' 'is an avian creature found in the Hautes-Alpes region of France, where it is sai
d to braid horses' manes, pinch young women, and cause mischief and mayhem. The town of Serres preserves a duphon lair in the form of a stone door and ruined ramparts, known as the Trou du Duphon (“The Duphon’s Hole”). The first recorded sighting of the Duphon was in 1820 by French baronJean Charles François de Ladoucette in his work Histoire, antiquités, usages, dialectes des Hautes-Alpes.
It is believed that Duphons were inspired by local populations of Eagle-Owls
in the Eurasian area. It is one of the largest species of owl, and it is likely that its grand size lead to French locals creating a supernatural mythos around its presence.