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Table 2 Species used in traditional medicine in the municipalities of Solânea, Lagoa, and São Mamede in Paraíba State, Northeast Brazil

From: Local knowledge, use, and conservation of wild birds in the semi-arid region of Paraíba state, northeastern Brazil

Species Used parts How to use Treated diseases
Nothura boraquira (Spix, 1825) Feathers Boil water and add a powder made of feather and drink twice a day. Snake bite/bleeding
Columbina picui (Temminck, 1813) Meat Remove the meat from the gizzard, bake without salt and eat. Lack of appetite/gastritis
Columbina talpacoti (Temminck, 1811) Meat Remove the meat from the gizzard, bake without salt, and eat. Falta de apetite/gastrite
Cyanocorax cyanopogon (Wied, 1821) Whole bird When the sick person feeds, leaves a rest, and gives the bird to eat there, the disease passes to the bird and it dies and the person is cured. Asthma/bronchitis
Leptotila verreauxi Bonaparte, 1855 Skin Remove the meat from the gizzard, toast, and apply to the affected site Vilidia
Paroaria dominicana (Linnaeus, 1758) Whole bird Kill the bird and place it on top of the affected spot. Panarisso
Crypturellus tataupa (Temminck, 1815) Whole bird Kill the bird bake without salt and eat Pregnancy sickness
Caracara plancus (Miller, 1777) Meat Eat the “pirão” (preparation made with the meat of the bird) Weakness
Rhynchotus rufescens (Temminck, 1815) Feathers Burn the feather and make a tea Snake bite/shortness of breath
Coragyps atratus (Bechstein, 1793) Feathers/foot Burn the feather and make a tea /burn and toast the foot, add boiled water, and give the person a drink without her knowing Tiredness/alcoholic
Fluvicola nengeta (Linnaeus, 1766) Whole bird Burn the whole bird until it turns a powder and make the tea with the powder and take. Asthma
Nyctibius griseus (Gmelin, 1789) Feathers Burn the feather and make a tea. Tiredness and shortness of breath