The possible culprit, a wood stork.

Philamaloo or Phylliloo is a bird from the American lumberjacks tales. This bird is described as a featherless crane-like animal and is said to have had a great dislike to the cold and damp as it would easily suffer from rheumatism. After that, it would fly upside down to cure itself. It is also described to have long legs without knees, so it lays only broken eggs.

The story of this creature may be inspired from the observation of the Wood Stork, a bird that has been witnessed briefly flying in this manner.

Further reading

"Phylliloo Bird" from Paul Bunyan Natural History (1935) by Charles E. Brown

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