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Red-legged seriema

Cariama cristata (Linnaeus, 1766)

Description:

The seriemas are the sole living members of the small bird family Cariamidae, which is also the only surviving lineage of the order Cariamae. Once believed to be related to cranes, they have been placed near the falcons, parrots and passerines, as well as the extinct terror birds.The seriemas are large, long-legged territorial birds that range from 70 to 90 cm. They live in grasslands, savanna, dry woodland and open forests of Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. There are two species of seriemas, the red-legged seriema (Cariama cristata) and the black-legged seriema (Chunga burmeisteri). Names for these birds in the Tupian languages are variously spelled as siriema, sariama, and çariama, and mean "crested". (From Wikipedia)



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Sergio Monteiro
Spotted by
Sergio Monteiro

MG, Brazil

Lat: -19.62, Long: -46.00

Spotted on Jul 22, 2017
Submitted on Jul 25, 2017

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