As stated it IS a bird, not a reptile.
It's feathers seem to mimic the colors of the bark of a specific tree.
Seen these before many times.
I can see how those unfamiliar would assume it to be an unknown species. God knows they're out there to be found. We're still finding them as a
mater of fact, but this one is not an unknown.
I think these folks should have been aware of this as I am almost certain it is indigenous to those parts.
Why are they feigning ignorance?
Maybe they don't get around much though so I don't know.
Everyone saying that the mouth doesn't appear to be that of a bird may not have seen baby birds begging for food.
Mouth is exactly the same.
What really disturbs me is that the villagers thought it was a witch.
Someone get them the Discovery channel ASAP!