The Bird of Freedom
Written by Camilo Garzón
That is BirdNote.
[Cuban forest soundscape, ML 133210]
There’s a chicken in Cuba with plumage in blue, crimson and white — the identical colours because the nation’s flag.
[Cuban Trogon, Xeno Canto 256810, 0:06-0:10]
This chicken… is the Tocororo, the Cuban Trogon, chosen because the nationwide chicken of Cuba. When the Tocororo is saved in a cage, they typically die. This truth has turn out to be a metaphor of freedom embraced by Cubans. The Tocororo is a chicken that will reasonably die than dwell with out freedom.
The Cuban Trogon is a medium-sized chicken typically present in pairs. Its track feels like its Spanish identify, “Tocororo.”
[Cuban Trogon, Xeno Canto 256810, 0:24-0:27]
It lives within the woodlands of Cuba and likes to take a seat nonetheless, besides when feeding on flowers and fruits. Whereas el Tocororo is at the moment ample, its inhabitants is declining as a consequence of lack of habitat.
So hopefully, after listening to this story, you is perhaps impressed to work with the Cuban folks to verify we are able to hold seeing these birds within the wild, and portray this chicken in our recollections. Simply bear in mind, by no means in a cage.
This present can also be accessible en español — go to our web site, BirdNote dot org, to be taught extra. I am Camilo Garzón.
Senior Producer: John Kessler
Content material Director: Allison Wilson
Producer: Mark Bramhill
Managing Producer: Conor Gearin
Script Editor: Camila Kerwin from the Tough Reduce Collective
Bird sounds offered by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. Soundscape ML 133210 recorded by G. Budney, and Cuban Trogon Xeno Canto 256810 recorded by H. Matheve.
BirdNote’s theme was composed and performed by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.
© 2022 BirdNote September 2022
Narrator: Camilo Garzón
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