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Sidra the Crested Screamer

A Rising Star
"Sidra" (meaning "star") hatched at the Alexandria Zoo on May 4, 2009. In January 2010, Sidra, along with three other Alexandria Zoo animals, appeared on stage in two live shows with Jack Hanna, renowned animal expert and Columbus Zoo Director Emeritus.

What's in a Name?
Screamers are well named; their unique call is among the loudest of any bird and can be heard from as far as two miles away.

Crested screamers are native to the lowlands of southern South America (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay) and spend much of their lives in or around fresh water, which includes marshes, wet savanna, lagoons, and riverbanks. Unique to many other waterfowl, these birds do not have webbed feet. Their long, slender toes are adapted to help them walk and wade through their habitats and also grasp vegetation. These large birds have two sharp spurs that protrude from the forward edges of each wing. These spurs are made of bone and used for defense.

The crested screamer (Chauna torquata) is not considered threatened.

Where in the Zoo?
Sidra can be found on exhibit at the Barn in the South American area.

Click here to learn more about crested screamers.