El Coquí: A Puerto Rican Cultural and National Symbol
|Coquí with Puerto Rican Flag. Creative Commons License.|
Puerto Ricans consider the coquí a cultural and national symbol. It is part of the Puerto Rican identity since the time of the Taíno Indians. Puerto Rican nights are accompanied by the singing of the coquís. "Coquí, coquí." Poems, songs, and stories have been made about the coquí. Tourists, for that reason, find a lot of coquí-themed souvenirs when they visit they island.
Interesting facts about the coqui are:
- Although it is known as coqui, its scientific name is Eleutherodactylus.
- The coquí is a very small frog, one or two inches.
- Coquís appear brown, green, and yellow, but are really translucent.
- For centuries, the coquí has been a cultural and national symbol in Puerto Rico.
- The Taíno Indians engraved coquís in their pottery and stones.
- There are more than 700 species of coquís, but about 17 species are native to Puerto Rico.
- Coquís also inhabit in Central and South America and other Caribbean islands.
- Only the species Coquí Común and Coquí Puertorriqueño sing.
- Only the male coquís sing. The females don't sing.
- They sing only at night until dawn.