Bonanza Bird #21: Red-legged Seriema

We're almost there! Today's new bird in our Birdorable Bonanza 2012 is also our 399th species: the Red-legged Seriema!

Red-legged Seriemas live in open grassland habitat in central parts of South America. They feed on small reptiles like lizards and snakes, as well as large insects and small rodents.

Seriema / Red-legged Seriema ( Cariama cristata )
Seriema / Red-legged Seriema ( Cariama cristata ) by Wagner Machado Carlos Lemes

They have very long legs; seriemas are skilled and fast runners. They are able to fly, but they are awkward in the air and prefer to run away from danger. Red-legged Seriemas have a wide range, and their population is considered stable and of least concern on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. With tomorrow's bird we will conclude our Bonanza for this year! We will leave you guessing, with just a silhouette for a clue to #400. :)

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Gustavo Carvalho on July 30, 2012 at 5:56 PM wrote:
It seems to be a kind of horned-owl or eagle-owl.I searched a lot and i think could be one of the next ones:Northern White-faced Scops Owl Southern White-faced Scops Owl Giant Scops Owl Tawny Fish Owl Blakiston's Fish Owl White-fronted Scops Owl South American Great Horned Owl Lesser Horned Owl Eurasian Eagle-Owl Indian Eagle-Owl Pharaoh Eagle-Owl Cape Eagle-Owl Spotted Eagle-Owl Greyish Eagle-Owl Fraser's Eagle-Owl Usambara Eagle-Owl Spot-bellied Eagle-Owl Barred Eagle-Owl Shelley's Eagle-Owl Verreaux's Eagle-Owl Dusky Eagle-Owl Akun Eagle-Owl Blakiston's Fish Owl That's what i think.This ones have little hornes like the one's on the picture.
Spurwing Plover on May 25, 2018 at 5:51 AM wrote:
The Farmers in the area capture the young and raise them with the domestic poultry because their such great sentries and they kill and eat snakes
Alpha Skua on January 27, 2020 at 7:25 AM wrote:
I just read a few months ago about Red Legged Seriema name Elton who underwent Eye Surgery ti remove a Caterac from one of his eyes

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