20. Geococcyx Californianus

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20. Geococcyx Californianus


Chirinos, Eduardo, Michigan Quarterly Review


Sin duda me recuerdan. Aunque debo

decir que mi plumaje no es azul-celeste

sino más bien castaño claro. Mis patas

no son tan alargadas, tampoco tengo

ese penacho tan gracioso en la cabeza.

Qué le voy a hacer, se trata de dibujos

animados. Mi cola, eso sí, es bastante

larga, y sirve de timón cuando hago

giros en mi alocada carrera. Alcanzo

hasta treinta y cinco kilómetros por

hora. Parece bastante para un pájaro

tan pequeño y esmirriado. Pero el

coyote es más veloz (y bastante más

astuto). Cosas del equilibrio ecológico:

yo me alimento de culebras, insectos,

lagartijas; el coyote se da un banquete

con los míos. Mi única venganza son

los dibujos animados. Ver al coyote

rajado, herido, maltrecho y chamuscado.

20. Geococcyx californianus

You'll remember me, no doubt, although

I have to say my feathers are not sky blue

but more light brown. My legs are

not so lengthy, either. Nor do I have

that funny-looking tuft on my head.

But what can I do? This is the stuff

of cartoons. My tail is rather long,

though, and acts as a sort of steering wheel

when I turn in my crazed runs. I can

reach speeds of up to twenty miles an

hour. …

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