Tag: South America

Bird stories, Cactus Parakeet and Campo Troupial

The Sertanejos think that keeping a Campo Troupial as a pet can attract disagreeable events. Consuming a brew made from the meat of the Cactus Parakeet is believed bythe Sertanejos to facilitate the eruption of new teeth in children. Bird nr 3 in the plate. Bezerra, D. Birds and people in semiarid northeastern Brazil: symbolic […]

Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus)

The Sertanejos of Brazil make medicine of the liver of this bird, it is extracted and cooked and then reduced to a powder. If this powder is added to the drink or food of an alcoholic, without that person being aware of it, they will supposedly be cured of alcoholism. Ingesting fat from the bones […]

Bird stories, Black Curassow (Crax alector)

In the very beginning of things a trumpeter and a curassow decided upon a matrimonial alliance, but domestic troubles soon broke out, and there was no possibility of a reconciliation; it was thereupon decided to lay the case before the gods who live on the summit of Mount Duida. The wise gods ordered them to […]

Bird stories, Band-tailed Manakin (Pipra fasciicauda)

The use of whole animal from Band-tailed Manakin (P. fasciicauda) to attract more business and to use forgood luck and money making. the Band-tailed Manakin is also utilized during the performance of umbanda rituals. Umbanda is the most widespread Afro-Brazilian religion in the country, and medical treatments using popular folk medicines often occur in umbanda […]

Regent Parrot (Polytelis anthopeplus)

[order] PSITTACIFORMES | [family] Psittacidae | [latin] Polytelis anthopeplus | [authority] Lear, 1831 | [UK] Regent Parrot | [FR] Perruche melanure | [DE] Bergsittich | [ES] Perico Regente | [NL] Regentparkiet | [copyright picture] Purnell collection Subspecies Monotypic species Genus The genus Polytelis (literally translates into ‘magnificent’) of the family Psittacidae consists of three species […]