11 November, 2009

Greater Coucal: but but but it’s not true

7th November 2009, Kemensah, Selangor
Camera & lens pinjam  dgn Rosman

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This is the only shot of my lifer that day, a Greater Coucal  ( Centropus sinensis) local name: Burung But-But. Seen her  twice before but never a chance for a shot. Not a very good photo of a rather elusive and shy bird but it’ll do for now.

Sadly there’s a myth associated with these birds  which  put them high on the poacher’s list. There are stories that they will heal their broken bones within a day. For this reason they are hunted to produce ointments  (Minyak But-But) meant for broken bones and they do not come cheap.

I guess people will believe anything since it’s not their head on the chopping block.

3 comments:

  1. In kelantan, the local folks are also saying the same and it is also popular cure for asthma too.

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  2. No wonder the bird is elusive!

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  3. Any scientific study for this?

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