I think you mean either/or maracas or the guerro (Spelling???).
Perhaps we could add to the list - to quote William Billings, the first native born American composer: "....the braying of a mule, the squeeling of a pig, the sound of a wet finger on a pane of glass......."
Then of course we have forgotten tambourine, castenets, finger cymbals.......all of which I was told by a music director in one church that: "they are good for liturgy".
It might be the maracas. That sounds familiar. It was a nun who told me. She also played the tambourine :-D