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common name for an owllike, cave-dwelling bird, Steatornis caripensis, belonging to the family Steatornithidae. It spends its days in dark caves, maneuvering by means of a batlike sonar device, or echolocator, found in its ears.
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The most traditional examples are guano and bat droppings, and there are also birds, such as the guacharo, or oilbird (Steatornis caripensis), of the caves of South America, that introduce the remains of the fruit they feed on, and the dozen or so species of swiftlets (Collocalia [=Aerodramus] salangana, and other members of the same genus) that nest in caves in southeast Asia.
Examples include the quasi-uterine idea that in comparison with the immense underground cavern, Guacharo (17) and Mammoth caves are 'de simples grottes, d'etroites cavites!' (132) or the uncharacteristic notion that superman Hans may have snatched a few hours' sleep on the raft.
In order to begin this journey Couvade must listen to "the ancestral voices of waterfall and forest" (16) and learn the intuitive perspective of the guacharo bird whose "uncanny reflexes (piercing vision and echoing wings) guided it through the darkest underground caves" (16).
The first choice was ecological tourism, which is only enhanced by the proximity of Peninsula de Paria, Turuepano, and Mochima national parks and the Cueva del Guacharo natural monument.
Tambien el termino se menciona en el mito huambisa de la recoleccion del tayu (ave guacharo, Steatornis caripensis).
MARNR (1992) Parques Nacionales: Guacharo, Mochima, Peninsula de Paria y Turuepano.