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4917.  Tue Jan 20, 2004 5:28 pm Reply with quote

That last one is excellent Garrick (well, they're all excellent, but I particularly like the question in that one.) Have you ever read Benjamin Zephaniah's poem 'Talking Turkeys'? It came to mind as I read your post. You can read it here if you don't know it:

http://www.davidpbrown.co.uk/poetry/benjamin-zephaniah-2.html

 
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4955.  Tue Jan 20, 2004 9:07 pm Reply with quote

Probert Encyclopaedia gives a slightly less startling definition:

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HOATZIN

The hoatzin (Opisthocomus cristatus) is a curious bird found only in the dense undergrowth which fringes the margins of rivers and lagoons around the Amazon. It is pheasant-like, with a long, thin body, a strong, serrated beak, an erectile crest on the head and long claws. The breast-bone is curiously modified, the keel being much reduced, having its anterior portion aborted and its posterior flattened out. Over this flattened region is a thickened patch of skin on which the bird rests. The crop is enormous, and the bird consumes large quantities of leaves and fruit. The young are remarkable in having claws both on the thumb and the index finger, and in using these, together with the bill and feet in scrambling about among the branches.


http://www.probertencyclopaedia.com/B5A.HTM

 
Jenny
4956.  Tue Jan 20, 2004 9:16 pm Reply with quote

The bird also appears on the coat of arms of Guyana:

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Opisthocomus cristatus, also known as the Canje Pheasant or the Hoatzin shown in the lower part of the shield on the Coat of Arms, is commonly found along the Abary Creek, the Berbice River and its tributary the Canje Creek. This bird is about 22 inches (56 cm) from the beak to the tail. The head of the Hoatzin has a crest of very long feathers which gives the bird a somewhat majestic look. Its upper body is coloured reddish brown with green and creamy white streaks.


http://www.geocities.com/amrita1us/history.html

 
Jenny
4957.  Tue Jan 20, 2004 9:17 pm Reply with quote

If anybody's Italian is up to it (mine isn't unless it involves linguini or lasagna) there's a page in Italian here. Asking Google to translate it produces something almost as incomprehensible as the Italian, but as far as I can gauge, it confirms some of the details Garrick gave:

http://digilander.libero.it/summagallicana/Volume1/A.II.7.0.htm

 
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4961.  Tue Jan 20, 2004 9:30 pm Reply with quote

And likewise congratulations to your good self Garrick :-)

What I want to know is, if anyone who sees the eyes of a basilisk serpent (basilisci serpentis) dies immediately, how do they know it exists?

 

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