Monsters of South America: The Alicanto!

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In Chilean mythology, the Alicanto  is a bird of the desert of Atacama.The Alicanto’s wings shine during the night with beautiful, metallic colors. The bird’s eyes emit strange lights which makes their nighttime flights luminous.

A miner will have good luck if he sees the Alicanto. The metallic-feathered birds live in small caves between hills that contain minerals, and they feed on gold and silver.

If a miner follows an Alicanto without being caught, he can find silver or gold. But, if the Alicanto discovers him, the bird may guide the expectant miner off a cliff, causing him to fall to his death.

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