Animal of the day – 8/20/2010 – The Crocrio (Rufous-vented Chachalaca).

The Crocrio

The animal of the day is the Rufous-vented Chachalaca, known in Trinidad and Tobago as The Crocrio. (Did you know: These birds are also known in Trinidad and Tobago as assholes. They are ridiculouly noisy in the mornings and at dusks where they can be heard from miles away. They are indigenous to the island of Tobago, but have spread to Trinidad and the Grenadines. The Crocrio is actually related to pheasants, and though it can fly, it does not fly long distantces, which is part of the reason it’s still only indigenous to Tobago.

Currently, the Crocio is proving to be a big pest to Tobagonion agriculture crops, but the local authorities are trying to find non violent ways to combat it, since it’s technically endangered since the entire species mainly live in Tobago. I grew up in Trinidad, and have had the pleasure of having many a morning interrupted by this bird as it screams and wails for hours on end.)

This is one of the national birds of Trinidad and Tobago, and can be found on the Trinidadian Coat of Arms.

It's the douche on the right.

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