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The Alicanto or Allicanto is a mythological bird of the desert of Atacama, pertaining to Chilean mythology.


Legend says that the alicanto's wings shine at night with beautiful, metallic colors, and their eyes emit strange lights.

Alicantos bring luck to any miner who sees them because they live in small caves containing minerals and feed on gold and silver.

If the lucky miner follows an alicanto without being caught, they can find silver or gold. But, if the alicanto discovers them, the bird will guide the greedy miner off a cliff or into a ravine and cause them to fall to their death.

The alicanto's color depends entirely on their diet. If the alicanto eats mostly gold, then their feather's color will mirror that, the same goes for silver. They make their nests near hillsides and caverns where they can collect gold and silver to eat. Seeing a alicanto is said to bring one an abundance of luck.

Alicanto should not be confused with the Alicante, a fictional Mexican snake that drinks mother's milk, impregnates women, and lives in human stomachs.

In its evolved form, it can take the appearance of a 8-headed masculine rambunctious creature. It is said to be so top-heavy that it even has trouble supporting its own heads.


  • Keller Rueff Keller R. (1972). "Mitos y leyendas de Chile". In Jerónimo de Vivar (ed.). Enciclopedia moderna de Chile (in Spanish).