Family Seriemas (Cariamidae)

Least Concern

Black-legged Seriema (Chunga burmeisteri)


Taxonomy

French: Cariama de Burmeister German: Schwarzfußseriema Spanish: Chuña patinegra
Taxonomy:

Dicholophus burmeisteri

Hartlaub

, 1860,

Tucumán and Catamarca, Argentina

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Monotypic.

Distribution:

S & SE Bolivia through W Paraguay to C Argentina.

Descriptive notes

70–85 cm; 1·2 kg. Predominantly grey above, with paler underparts, especially towards rear. Similar to partially sympatric Cariama cristata, but... read more

Voice

Often sings in early morning, a descending, slightly tinny-sounding “cou, cou, cou-cou-cou... read more

Habitat

Dry woodland, savanna and open forests, typically in Chaco and monte woodlands. Apparently... read more

Food and feeding

In Paraguayan Chaco recorded consuming a grass (probably Cenchrus ciliaris), leguminous shoots from algarrobo trees (Prosopis... read more

Breeding

In Paraguayan Chaco, breeds in local summer, season starting Nov–Dec; in Argentina, young caught in Dec. Constructs loose stick nest... read more

Movements

Sedentary. Some local movements inferred in Chaco zone (see Family Text).

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Little information available, but species has been considered common in Argentina. However, even here local extinctions have been... read more

Recommended citation

Gonzaga, Luiz P., Kirwan, G.M. & de Juana, E. (2018). Black-legged Seriema (Chunga burmeisteri). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/53711 on 19 November 2018).