Sun Birds are a North American Cryptid known from a single account by Mel Waters, a renowned caller on Coast 2 Coast AM for his story of discovering a bottomless pit somewhere in Nevada. Mel's Hole produced a variety of otherworldly effects, with the Sun Birds appearing late in the narrative. Their name and behaviour are obvious allusions to the mythical Phoenix.
Mel claims that a new species of bird has been spotted in the area of the second hole shortly after his alleged encounter with the Tumor Seal. The bird was said to be bright red with a bluish beak and an estimated wing span of 14 inches. He claims that at least six individual birds have been seen in the airspace around the hole since the seal incident, but that no professional can name the species from a distance, and said bird has not been captured as of yet.
It developed into an urban legend, and gained the nickname SunBird. Mel claims that the so-called SunBird never lands, except near the rim of Mel's Hole. He speculates that the bird comes from deep within the hole and he claims that the locals believe that these birds are the cause of the sheep's death, and the tumor that produced the seal entity. Mel professes that he himself has shot at one of the birds, in an attempt to bring it down for possible analysis and perhaps dissection, but that after being hit directly twice, and tumbling twenty feet, the bird pulled out of the fall, and continued flying. According to Mel's story, no birds were seen until three days later. Mel reports finding two crushed bullets in his yard. He says it is inconclusive if they are the same two bullets shot at the bird.
- Part of a hoax or tall tale spun by Mel Waters (very likely)
- A misidentified bird of known variety
- A bird migrating from the inner earth
- An extradimensional lifeform