Red-legged Seriema

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.

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Details & Statistics

Added to Birdorable
Hatched on 30 July 2012
Scientific Name
Cariama cristata
  • Cariamiformes
  • Cariamidae
  • Cariama
  • C. cristata
Birdorable Family
Conservation Status
Least Concern (as of 7 April 2020)
  • Least Concern (LC)
  • Near Threatened (NT)
  • Vulnerable (VU)
  • Endangered (EN)
  • Critically Endangered (CR)
  • Extinct in the Wild (EW)
  • Extinct (EX)
Source: IUCN Red List
Units: Imperial / Metric
30 to 36 inches
24 ounces

International Names

Brazilian (Português brasileiro) Seriema
Chinese (汉语) 红腿叫鹤
Czech (Cesky) seriema rudozobá
Danish (Dansk) Seriema
Dutch (Nederlands) Kuifseriema
Finnish (Suomi) töyhtökäärmekurki
French (Français) Cariama huppé
German (Deutsch) Rotfußseriema
Italian (Italiano) Seriema cristato
Japanese (日本語) アカノガンモドキ [akanogammodoki]
Norwegian (Norsk) Rødbeinseriema
Polish (Polski) kariama czerwononoga
Russian (русский язык) Хохлатая кариама
Spanish (Español) Chuña Patirroja
Swedish (Svenska) Rödbent seriema
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