The Guiro or Huiro is a percussion instrument originally from Latin America and can also be known as an Agbe or Shekere.
There are many different types and designs of Guiro but the principal of playing them remains the same for all. A stick, metal rod or scraper is often moved along the serrated edge of the Guiro to produce a rasping sound. Guiros can be made of wood, glass, fibreglass, bone, bamboo, metal, fired clay or natural gourds that have been dried and hollowed out. The Guiro often reflects the country of origin in decoration and its carving.
Many other countries also produce their own version of a Guiro and are known as Calabazo, Guayo, Ralladera, Rascador or Reco Reco.
This natural wooden guiro has been shaped to resemble an armadillo. You can play it by scraping the beater along the ridges of the armadillos back to create different sounds.