French: Cariama de Burmeister German: Schwarzfußseriema Spanish: Chuña patinegra
Tucumán and Catamarca, Argentina.
S & SE Bolivia through W Paraguay to C Argentina.
70–85 cm; 1·2 kg. Predominantly grey above, with paler underparts, especially towards rear. Similar to partially sympatric Cariama cristata, but... read more
Often sings in early morning, a descending, slightly tinny-sounding “cou, cou, cou-cou-cou... read more
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
In Paraguayan Chaco, breeds in local summer, season starting Nov–Dec; in Argentina, young caught in Dec. Constructs loose stick nest... read more
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
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