Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Izapa Altar 20 - Man with Horned Guan - MJA 1986

A man with upraised arms faces the Horned Guan of the Chiapas rainforest. They give a loud shrieking cry and are easier to hear than to find. Their black plumage shines iridescent blue in the sunlight and their white feathers are outlined with black. (On this round stone altar the bird was colored as a macaw, but should be black and white as a Horned Guan). The projecting horn on his head, the shape of his beak, and his strong legs identify him.

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