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Red-legged Seriema

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About the Red-legged Seriema

Also known as: Crested Seriema, Crested Cariama

Red-legged Seriemas are grassland birds that live in parts of South America. They have a mostly brownish-grey plumage, and a tail banded in black and white. There is a crest of feathers around the base of the bill.

Red-legged Seriemas have a loud song that sounds like a puppy barking. The song is often performed as a duet and is also sung by juvenile birds.

Red-legged Seriemas are omnivorous. They hunt for prey on foot, taking insects, frogs, small mammals, and other small prey items. They use a special technique to kill or incapacitate prey items - they hurl the animal on the ground to deliver a killing blow. Red-legged Seriemas also eat plant material including fruit and seeds.

Details & Stats

Hatched Added to Birdorable on: 30 July 2012
Scientific Name Cariama cristata
  • Cariamiformes
  • Cariamidae
  • Cariama
  • C. cristata
Birdorable Family Rails, Cranes & Friends
Conservation Status Least Concern
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
(as of 29 July 2017)
Units: Imperial Metric
30 to 36 inches
24 ounces
Range South America

International Names

  • Seriema (Brazilian)
  • 红腿叫鹤 (Chinese)
  • seriema rudozobá (Czech)
  • Seriema (Danish)
  • Kuifseriema (Dutch)
  • töyhtökäärmekurki (Finnish)
  • Cariama huppé (French)
  • Rotfußseriema (German)
  • Seriema cristato (Italian)
  • アカノガンモドキ [akanogammodoki] (Japanese)
  • Rødbeinseriema (Norwegian)
  • kariama czerwononoga (Polish)
  • Хохлатая кариама (Russian)
  • Chuña Patirroja (Spanish)
  • Rödbent seriema (Swedish)

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