Red-legged Seriema

Cariama cristata

Habitat and Geographical Distribution: Forests, savannahs and grasslands of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.

Diet: Insects and small vertebrates, like rodents and reptiles.

Reproduction: Nest in trees using sticks and branches. The nest is lined with mud, manure and leaves. Lay 2 eggs that are incubated for 24-30 days. Two weeks after hatching, couples abandon the nest with their offspring that take 4-5 months to get their adult plumage.

Behaviour: Solitary birds that feed alone, except during the breeding season, in which couples hunt together and eats with their family. Walk slowly, examining the floor and ground vegetation.

Conservation status: Least Concern (LC), not included in the CITES


Class: Aves

Order: Seriema

Family: Cariamidae

Length: 70-90 cm

Wingspan: 1.20-1.45 m

Weight: 1.5-2.2 kg

Maximum lifespan in the wild: 20 years

Maximum lifespan in captivity: 32 years