Bulletin of the National Speleological Society - ISSN 0146-9517
Number 14: 14-18 - December 1952

A publication of the National Speleological Society

The Guacharo Cave
Engenio de Bellard Pietri


The amateur naturalist is probably not unfamiliar with the guacharo, or oil bird, which inhabits the northern portion of the South American continent, but knowledge of the existence of such a nocturnal cave-dwelling bird may come as somewhat of a surprise to the North American spelunker. This account is presented not so much for its treatment of the guacharo as for its thrilling record of hazardous cave exploration by an expert Venezuelan speleologist. For his many contributions to speleological knowledge the author was recently awarded a Certificate of Merit by the National Speleological Society.

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