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Southern Screamer

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Continent: South America
Habitat: Tropical wetlands
Weight and Length: 4kg, 0.9m

Diet: Herbivore
Incubation: 45 days
Number of Young: 3

Conservation Status: LC


  • Have webbed feet and are good swimmers.
  • Their call can be heard 2 miles away.
  • Lives in large flocks.
  • They have bony wing spurs to use against rivals and predators.
  • They are strong fliers, but do not migrate.

Southern Screamer

Chauna torquata

Animals — Aves (birds) — Anseriformes (screamer relatives) — Anhimidae (screamers)

Southern screamers are a relatively large grey bird. They have pink legs, feet and bald eye patches. They have a circle of black feathers on the top part of the neck, and also have partially webbed feet and wing spurs.

They live in large flocks, feeding on the ground together. In the breeding season they will pair off to raise their young. They are monogamous and should keep the same mate for life. They can also be heard from very far away, as they have a very recognisable call.

They are classified as “least concern” as they have a large range and population. Habitat loss and hunting are their main threats.

Habitat: Tropical or sub-tropical wet areas like swamps and estuaries.

Vital Statistics:
–Average weight: 4kg
–Average length: 0.9m

Life Expectancy:
In the wild up to: 15 years
In captivity up to: 15 years

Diet: They are herbivores and so eat plants. Prefer aquatic vegetation, seeds, stems, leaves and rarely small animals.

Distribution: Lowlands of south-east Peru to northern Argentina and southern Brazil.

How we are Protecting Wild Animals
Throughout most of tropical America large macaws have suffered major population declines as a result of habitat loss and poaching for the pet trade.

The Tambopata Macaw Project is a long term research project, which studies the behaviour, ecology and diet of wild parrots and macaws. The research includes monitoring of home range and habitat use, using GPS surveillance technology, and the study of breeding behaviour through the use of specially designed bird nest boxes with the inclusion of remote cameras.

The project also works to protect the forest – in particular the bird’s nesting and feeding sites. This is largely done by promoting ecotourism in the area – this boosts funds and awareness for the local wildlife as well as providing higher security from illegal logging and poaching.

The information our scientists have uncovered so far has been invaluable to the care and protection of these threatened species, both in this area and across the globe.

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