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The Cas-Cas: A Bird that Calls for the Rain


[This is the main character of our article today, the cas-cas.]

This is the main character of our article today, the cas-cas.


[Nest of the cas-cas]

Nest of the cas-cas


[The mother feeds her three chicks.]

The mother feeds her three chicks.


[Young cas-cas in the previous days to departing the nest.]

Young cas-cas in the previous days to departing the nest.


By:

Luis Alberto Camarena B
2008-06-17

The cas-cas, choroteca or yiguirro, is a bird of the Turdidae family. It usually measures between 23 and 27 centimeters and weights between 74 and 76 grams.

This bird has entered our folklore because it is most active and sings more often at the start of the rainy season. Our campesinos always welcome his singing because the say the bird is calling for the rain. In fact, the cas-cas is making his matting call.

With the development of former pastures lands, many birds such as the cas-cas have adapted to living in urban areas. Fortunately, this species is thriving and is a very common sight even in the middle of Panama City.


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