The Alicanto is a large bird that eats gold or silver ore, which causes its feathers to reflect light. He cannot fly once he has gorged himself, being too ladden with metal, so he scuttles around on the ground. He uses his shiny plumage to lead humans to their deaths, either deep in mines, over a cliff, or into a ravine. The Alicanto lives in the mountains and forests of Chile.

Pantheon: South American


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