Red Legged SeriemaCariama cristata
Class: Aves Order: Cariamiformes Family: Cariamidae
Height: 2.5-3 ft Weight: 3-6 lbs
Small reptiles, rodents, and insects
Habitat & Range
Grasslands and meadows near rivers and streams in Brazil, Uruguay, Northern Argentina
- There are two species of seriema: red-legged and black-legged. Seriemas can fly for short distances, but they prefer walking or running.
- Seriemas love to sunbathe. On warm, sunny days they can frequently be seen lying motionless on their side. They sometimes appear to be playing dead!
- Seriemas are believed to be modern-day relatives of the now extinct terror birds. These carnivorous, prehistoric birds ranged in size from 3-9.8 feet and were found in South America.
- Seriemas have a particularly violent method of killing their prey. They often smash small lizards, snakes, or other prey against the ground or a rock. If their prey is too large to swallow whole, they rip into smaller pieces.