French: Kamichi chavaria German: Weißwangen-Wehrvogel Spanish: Chajá chicagüire
lakes near Río Sinú, south of Cartagena, Colombia
N Colombia (from Atrato Valley E to base of Santa Marta Mts and S to middle Magdalena Valley) and NW Venezuela (around L Maracaibo).
76–91 cm. Sexes alike, with grey crown, prominent occipital crest of pointed feathers (up to 70 mm) and dark grey body, white underwing-coverts, grey bill, red orbital... read more
Very vocal, like other screamers. Most common vocalization is single, rather high-pitched yelping... read more
Swamps, marshes, lagoons, banks of slow-flowing rivers, often in areas surrounded by forest; also... read more
Food and feeding
Exclusively vegetarian, taking roots, leaves, stems and other green parts of succulent, aquatic plants. Grazes like other Anseriformes,... read more
Most eggs Oct/Nov, but breeds throughout year, e.g. May in NW Venezuela. Solitary and territorial; nest is large accumulation of plant... read more
Probably sedentary; no evidence of long-range movements. Juveniles and non-breeders perhaps may... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. Very little information available. Restricted range and relatively small population; range may have been... read more
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