jáato (Mesembrinibis cayennensis)


The material shared in this entry was documented as part of a British Academy funded research project in 2018 on Ayoreo bird knowledge in the Paraguayan Chaco (Wyndham, PI). The information and drawings come from 8-10 individuals interviewed during July 2018; all gave explicit permission to share the information with the public so as to increase public appreciation of Ayoreo language, ecological knowledge, and deep ties to the landscapes of the northern Chaco. 

Jaato also used for the rare in these areas Egretta caerulea

Traditional Knowledge: 

Español: Anuncia que va a haber huérfanos (habrá un ataque). Siempre se queda en el costado del río para comer pescado de río.  Era/es un abuelito que sabe cantar bien.

Ayo. Chatatá disijadode.

Eng. This bird announces that there will be orphans (there will be an attack). This bird always stays on the side of the river to eat river fish. He is/was a grandpa who knows how to sing well.

Imesi Dosapé
Location Description: 

Traditional Ayoreo territories of the Northern Chaco, Paraguay & Bolivia