LIFE IN THE JUNGLE
peoples. Our few descriptions will serve illustrate the ingenuity displayed, the complexity of the mechanical principles involved in some of them, and the extreme simplicity of others. Previous writers have described many of these in detail, and we content ourselves with referring the curious reader to their accounts.1
The Klemantans and some of the Kenyahs catch a small ground pigeon (Chalcophaps indica) in large numbers by the aid of a pipe or whistle, by blowing softly on which the cooing notes of the bird are closely imitated. The instrument consists of a piece of large bamboo closed at one end and having a small hole about its middle (Fig. 25). The hunter, concealed behind a screen of leafy branches, blows across this hole through a long slender tube of bamboo ; and when a bird approaches the whistle, he slips over its head a fine noose attached to the end of a light bamboo and, drawing it behind the screen, puts it alive into a cage.
Small parrots are sometimes caught with bird-lime, made with the juice of a rubber-tree.
The Gathering of Jungle Produce
The principal natural products gathered by the people
1 A good account, taken mainly from Skertchly, of many traps may be found in Mr.
Ling Rotha s well-known work, The Natives of Sarawak and British North Borneo, London, 1896 ; and also in work on Fowling.