The parrot was an important bird for the Maya, noteworthy for its mimicry as well as its brilliant feathers used in ceremonial attire. Some parrot hachas show a human head nestled within the open beak, including one fine example discovered in 1927. "[...] only in the beak of the macaw could they live and be safe" (Shook and Marquis, Secrets in Stone, 1996, p. 161 and pp. 162-167).
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