We’re guessing that the mythical creature from Andros, the Chiccharney, got its name from the word chicanery meaning trickery or foolishness, because that’s what chiccharneys are known for, tricks and foolery.
Chiccharneys are said to live in the pine forests of Andros and build their nests in pine trees by bending two together. People who say they have seen chiccharneys describe them as owl-like creatures, with three toes, three fingers, and beady red eyes. It’s said that their heads can swivel completely around, allowing them to see who might be stalking them.
Supposedly Billy Bowleg, a Seminole medicine man, started the myth of the chiccharney. He said was 14 when he was captured by the chiccharney and instead of coming to harm, he learned the power of healing through lessons they taught him in the Andros pine forest. When he returned to his community five years later, Billy was said to be able to heal any illness or injury. Even today, if you respect the chiccharney it can grant you good luck, but they say if you chase it or try to catch it, it turn your head around!
Whether it’s false, true, or a little bit of both, this mythical creature is a part of Bahamian folklore.