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Kingfisher Bird Calabash Christmas tree ornament and hand rattle

These unique Christmas tree ornaments and rattles are made from calabash tree pods (gourds) by native artisans from the Ampiyacu River region of the Peruvian Amazon.  This rattle features the figure of a kingfisher - a bird commonly seen perching near a river or swooping down to spear a fish and quickly carry it back to a branch to feed.  Its distinctive chattering call will always let you know it is near if you don't spot it first.  The Amazon's Ringed Kingfisher is very similar to the slate-blue colored Belted Kingfisher found in North American while the Amazon Kingfisher is greener and slightly smaller.   

This rattle has a chambira palm fiber chord allows it to be hung from a Christmas tree.  The beads inside also make it a great rattle that fits in the palm of your hand. 

Please remember that the artisan carves these rattles one at a time so the exact design and shape of the calabash pod will vary from the photo shown of this model.

Model: ORWB009