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Table 2 Uses of the birds in Zapotitlán Salinas, Puebla, Mexico

From: Environmental interactions between people and birds in semiarid lands of the Zapotitlán Valley, Central Mexico

Local NameUseDescription
Tortolita (Columbina inca)FoodIt is consumed roasted or “barbecue” type; it can be accompanied with rice
Torito (Columbina passerina)FoodIt is consumed roasted
Carpintero (Melanerpes hypopolius)FoodIts consumption is less common; it is also prepared roasted
Paloma tehuacanera, Torcasa (Zenaida asiatica)FoodIt is consumed roasted
Zopilotes (Coragyps atratus, Cathartes aura)MedicinalUsed to cure rabies, through the use of their blood/used as a cancer treatment; the meat is consumed in a soup
Cacalote (Corvus corax)MedicinalUsed to cure rabies and to treat “mishcahue.”
It is prepared boiled together with palo blanco and casahuate (Ipomoea sp.)
Correcaminos (Geococcyx velox)MedicinalUsed to treat epileptic seizures, heart diseases, and as a cancer treatment. The meat is consumed
Chuparosas, Chupamirtos (Trochilidae)Medicinal1. Used to treat “alferecia” and “tiricia.” It is plucked and boiled; the broth is consumed, blood is also used, and some consume the meat
2. Used to treat heart diseases. The whole bird is used and placed as a plasto in the children's chest
The blood and boiled meat of the animal is ingested
The animal is placed in alcohol and taken in small doses or spread. In the case of children, it is ingested prepared in tea
3. Also used to treat “mischcahue.” The animal is put in a jar with basil, ruda or other air plants and the liquid is ingested
Tortolita (Columbina inca)OrnamentIt is appreciated for its song
Torito (Columbina passerina)OrnamentIt is appreciated for its song
Gorrión rojo (Haemorhous mexicanus)OrnamentIt is appreciated for the color of its plumage and its song
Calandrias (Icterus cucullatus, Icterus pustulatus)OrnamentBoth species are appreciated for the color of their plumage
Chape (Mimus polyglottos)OrnamentThe cenzontle is appreciated as an ornamental bird for its many songs and ability to learn and imitate
Bionches (Pheucticus chrysopeplus, Pheucticus melanocephalus)OrnamentBoth species are appreciated for the color of their plumage
Dominico (Spinus psaltria)OrnamentIt is appreciated for the color of its plumage
Cuicuite (Toxostoma curvirostre)OrnamentIt is appreciated for its song
Primavera (Turdus migratorius)OrnamentIt is appreciated for its singing and the color of its plumage
Paloma tehuacanera, Torcasa (Zenaida asiatica)OrnamentIt is appreciated for its singing and the color of its plumage
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