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Amadeo Rea: on namkams, coyote sickness and perceptions of reality in the greater southwest

Amadeo Rea: on namkams, coyote sickness and perceptions of reality in the greater southwest

Part Two of a conversation with Amadeo Rea, taxonomic ornithologist and ethnobiologist who has spent most of his life working with the Piman people of the greater south-western American deserts.

Bird of the Week: Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus). “They eat anything, but especially they like the shit.”

Bird of the Week: Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus). “They eat anything, but especially they like the shit.”

Vultures have been called masters of two disciplines: soaring and sanitation (Dunne et al. 1988:136). In towns, villages, and rural communities where there is no modern plumbing or garbage disposal, they provide the only sanitation services. “They eat anything, but especially they like the shit,” observed a worker in a slaughterhouse in Guatemala.

Bird of the week – Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura

Bird of the week – Turkey Vulture, Cathartes aura

The Turkey Vulture is a common bird in the south of the United States and has a range from southern Canada to the tip of the southern American continent.