majungumú (Micrastur semitorquatus)


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.

Cultural Narrative: 

Alternate name: majungonoí

Traditional Knowledge: 

Esp. Su canto trae mala noticia—alguien va a morir oserá atacado por un tigre.

Ayo. Chatatájetá toinjê.

Eng. The chirping of this bird brings bad news-someone will die or be attacked by a tiger.

Imesi Dosapé
Location Description: 

Traditional Ayoreo territories of the Northern Chaco, Paraguay & Bolivia

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