tanú (Cyanocorax cyanomelas; Molothrus spp.)


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 names:  tanuá; tanubá, achobo (?)

Traditional Knowledge: 

Esp. El tanú avisa con un canto especial cuando encuentra a un tigre o a un enemigo— así uno puede saber si está cerca un jaguar. 

Eng. The tanú warns with a special song when it finds a tiger or an enemy - so one can know if a jaguar is nearby.

Imesi Dosapé
Location Description: 

Traditional Ayoreo territories of the Northern Chaco, Paraguay & Bolivia

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