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Acaiari, the resinous gum of the hiawa-tree .

acouriAcouri, one of the agutis ; a rodent about the size of a rabbit.
Picture from Wikipedia.


Acuero, a species of palm .

Æta, a palm of great size ; it may reach a hundred feet before the leaves begin.

Ai, the three-toed sloth .

Albicore, a fish closely related to the tunny .

Anhinga, the darter or snake-bird ; a cormorant-like bird.

Ant-bear, now called the ant-eater .

Ara, a macaw .

Ara, Scarlet, the scarlet macaw .

Bisa, one of the Saki monkeys .

Cabbage Mountain, one of the most beautiful of the palm-trees .

Camoudi, the anaconda.

Campanero, the bell-bird.

Caprimulgus, one of the goat-suckers.

Cassique, a bird of the hang-nest family.

Cayman, an alligator, as here used.

Cotingas, chatterers.

Couguar, the puma.

Coulacanara, the boa-constrictor.

Courada, the white mangrove tree.

Crabier, the boat-bill--a small heron.

Crickets, cicadas.

Cuia, one of the Trojans.

Curlew, Scarlet, the scarlet ibis.

Dolphin, a coryphene--a true fish--not a cetacean.

Guana, the iguana lizard.

Hannaquoi (Ortalida mot mot), one of the curassows.
See Powise (below).

Hog arrow (illustration), see also 'peccary' (below).
"This weapon is quite as large as the fish arrow, .... and, with the exception of the head is made in much the same manner. It is used for shooting wild hogs, capybara, tapirs, and the larger monkeys. One of the principal objects in putting the head loosely into a square, or rather, oblong hole, is that the shaft falls to the ground, and can be picked up by the hunter and used again with a fresh point. Thus, he need not trouble himself to carry more than a couple of shafts, and,as Guianan native never takes any trouble that he can avoid, this arrangement suits him admirably. The illustration represents the head of one of the arrows in my collection, one figure showing it as ready to be placed on the bow, and the other covered with its bamboo guard. " (Extract from J.G. Wood's edition of the Wanderings.)

Houtou (motmot) Houtou (Motmot), momotus braziliensis Bird of the family Momotidae, order Coraciiformes, that inhabits dense forests in Guyana and other tropical areas of the Americas. The plumage is brilliant (green and blue predominating), the tail is long. It feeds on insects and fruit, and occasionally small reptiles. Some species excavate tunnels more than a metre in length and a few centimetres in diameter, at the end of which the eggs are laid.

"This is a very remarkable bird, if only for the peculiarity in the central tail feathers, attributed by Waterton to art, but really due to Nature alone. As may be seen in the illustration, a portion of the web in the two central feathers is wanting, and the bird really does strip the vanes from the stem, as mentioned by Waterton.


Ara or Karabimiti, the crimson topaz.

Jacamar, Jacana , as anglicized--the spur-winged waterhen.

Click to enlarge Labba, a rodent allied to the cavies.
(guinea pigs, L. Cavia porcellus ).


Naudapoa, an ibis.

Patasa, unidentified.

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Powise (Crax alector),This bird is one of the curassows, of which there are several species.

Of the curassow*, Gerald Durrell writes: 'Neither Bob nor I had ever met quite such a gentle, stupid, and amiable bird, and we christened it Cuthbert forthwith, as it was the only we could think of that perfectly fitted its sloppy character.'
(Three Singles to Adventure)

* In Durrell's case, it was a curassow (Crax Nigra).

Quake, a basket of open-work, very elastic and expansive.

Redstart, quite distinct from the English redstart.

Sacawinki, one of the squirrel monkeys.

Sangre-do-buey, the scarlet tanager.

Tangara, now called tanager. See Sangre-do-buey.

Waracaba, the trumpeter.

Whip-poor-will, one of the goat-suckers.

Who-are-you? one of the goat-suckers.

Wild Hog, see 'peccary'

Willy-come-go, one of the goat-suckers.

Work-away, one of the goat-suckers.

Yawaraciri, one of the blue creepers.

Adapted by John S. Sargent from Wanderings in South America, the North-West of the United States, and the Antilles,
in the years 1812, 1816, 1820, & 1824.
With Original Instructions for the perfect preservation of Birds, Etc. for Cabinets of Natural History.
Charles Waterton, Esq.,
Introduction by the Rev. J. G. Wood, Macmillan and Co., 1880, London.

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